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[suh-tan-ik, sey-]
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  1. of Satan.
  2. characteristic of or befitting Satan; extremely wicked; devillike; diabolical.
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Sometimes sa·tan·i·cal.

Origin of satanic

From the Medieval Greek word satanikós, dating back to 1660–70. See Satan, -ic
Related formssa·tan·i·cal·ly, adverbsa·tan·i·cal·ness, nounun·sa·tan·ic, adjectiveun·sa·tan·i·cal, adjectiveun·sa·tan·i·cal·ly, adverb


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Related Words

cruel, maniacal, crazed, devilish, diabolic, diabolical, evil, fiendish, frenetic, hellish, infernal, mad, possessed, unhallowed, vicious, wicked

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now rarely satanical

  1. of or relating to Satan
  2. supremely evil or wicked; diabolic
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Derived Formssatanically, adverbsatanicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for satanic


1667 (in "Paradise Lost"), "pertaining to Satan," from Satan + -ic. Meaning "diabolical" is from 1793. Related: Satanical (1540s).

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