[ seyt-n-iz-uh m ]
/ ˈseɪt nˌɪz əm /


the worship of Satan or the powers of evil.
a travesty of Christian rites in which Satan is worshiped.
diabolical or satanic disposition, behavior, or activity.

Origin of Satanism

First recorded in 1555–65; Satan + -ism

Related formsSa·tan·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for satanism


/ (ˈseɪtəˌnɪzəm) /


the worship of Satan
a form of such worship which includes blasphemous or obscene parodies of Christian prayers, etc
a satanic disposition or satanic practices
Derived FormsSatanist, noun, adjective

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Word Origin and History for satanism



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper