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[dahy-ab-uh-liz-uh m]
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  1. Theology.
    1. action aided or caused by the devil; sorcery; witchcraft.
    2. the character or condition of a devil.
    3. a doctrine concerning devils.
    4. a belief in or worship of devils.
  2. action befitting the devil; deviltry.
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Origin of diabolism

1600–10; < Greek diábol(os) devil + -ism
Related formsdi·ab·o·list, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for diabolist


    1. activities designed to enlist the aid of devils, esp in witchcraft or sorcery
    2. worship of devils or beliefs and teachings concerning them
    3. the nature of devils
  1. character or conduct that is devilish or fiendish; devilry
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Derived Formsdiabolist, noun
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Word Origin and History for diabolist



c.1600s, from Ecclesiastical Greek diabolos "devil" (see devil (n.)) + -ism.

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