Satanism

[ seyt-n-iz-uh m ]
/ ˈseɪt nˌɪz əm /

noun

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

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Examples from the Web for satanist

  • Maxwell, an alleged Satanist, was arrested while standing over a homeless man, clutching a 10-inch dagger.

  • After his death, it is said to have unmasked altogether, and Adriano Lemmi himself is depicted as an avowed Satanist.

    Devil-Worship in France|Arthur Edward Waite
  • The naïve mind of the doctor regarded the name as significant in view of his mission; Sata was assuredly a Satanist.

    Devil-Worship in France|Arthur Edward Waite
  • The Satanist would not be complete if he were not an abominable hypocrite.

    L-bas|J. K. Huysmans


British Dictionary definitions for satanist

Satanism

/ (ˈseɪtəˌnɪzəm) /

noun

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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