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Satanism

[seyt-n-iz-uh m]
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noun
  1. the worship of Satan or the powers of evil.
  2. a travesty of Christian rites in which Satan is worshiped.
  3. diabolical or satanic disposition, behavior, or activity.
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Origin of Satanism

First recorded in 1555–65; Satan + -ism
Related formsSa·tan·ist, noun
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  • It had besides a fin de sicle flavouring of Satanism and decadence.

    The Inferno

    August Strindberg

  • Illuminism, Cabalism, and even Satanism are still realities.

  • Now from lofty Mysticism to base Satanism there is but one step.

    L-bas

    J. K. Huysmans

  • "For this, basically, is what Satanism is," said Durtal to himself.

    L-bas

    J. K. Huysmans

  • Yes, for the time being I am up to my eyes in Satanism with that man.

    L-bas

    J. K. Huysmans


British Dictionary definitions for satanism

Satanism

noun
  1. the worship of Satan
  2. a form of such worship which includes blasphemous or obscene parodies of Christian prayers, etc
  3. a satanic disposition or satanic practices
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Derived FormsSatanist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for satanism

Satanism

n.

1560s, "satanic disposition," from Satan + -ism. Applied 1820s-30s to the poetry of Byron, etc. Meaning "worship of Satan" dates from 1895, with reference to France, where it was said to be active at that time.

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