[ seyt-n-iz-uhm ]
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  1. any of a highly diverse group of religious, philosophical, or countercultural practices centered around Satan, either as a deity or a nontheistic symbol of enlightenment, individualism, or ethical egoism.: Compare Luciferianism.

  2. a deliberate inversion of Christian rites in which Satan is worshiped.

  1. Also sa·tan·ism . diabolical or satanic disposition, behavior, or activity.

Origin of Satanism

First recorded in 1555–65; Satan + -ism

Other words from Satanism

  • Sa·tan·ist, noun, adjective

Words Nearby Satanism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Satanism in a sentence

  • All this is clearly outside the subject of Satanism, but it leads up, notwithstanding, to the discovery of M. Ricoux.

    Devil-Worship in France | Arthur Edward Waite
  • “I will be the exploiter and not the accomplice of modern Satanism,” said the pious Doctor Bataille.

    Devil-Worship in France | Arthur Edward Waite
  • It had besides a fin de sicle flavouring of Satanism and decadence.

    The Inferno | August Strindberg

British Dictionary definitions for Satanism


/ (ˈseɪtəˌnɪzəm) /

  1. the worship of Satan

  2. a form of such worship which includes blasphemous or obscene parodies of Christian prayers, etc

  1. a satanic disposition or satanic practices

Derived forms of Satanism

  • Satanist, noun, adjective

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