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
Related formsSa·tan·ist, noun
First recorded in 1555–65; Satan
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Related Words for satanistgenius
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The Satanist would not be complete if he were not an abominable hypocrite.
After his death, it is said to have unmasked altogether, and Adriano Lemmi himself is depicted as an avowed Satanist.
The naïve mind of the doctor regarded the name as significant in view of his mission; Sata was assuredly a Satanist.
British Dictionary definitions for satanist
Derived FormsSatanist, noun, adjective
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
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Word Origin and History for satanist
1550s, from Satan + -ist. Ppplied by their enemies to Protestant sects. Meaning "Satan-worshipper" is from 1896.
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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