What does diabolical mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. devilish, diabolic, diabolical, mephistophelian, mephistopheleanadjective

    showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil

    "devilish schemes"; "the cold calculation and diabolic art of some statesmen"; "the diabolical expression on his face"; "a mephistophelian glint in his eye"

  2. demonic, diabolic, diabolical, fiendish, hellish, infernal, satanic, unholyadjective

    extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell

    "something demonic in him--something that could be cruel"; "fires lit up a diabolic scene"; "diabolical sorcerers under the influence of devils"; "a fiendish despot"; "hellish torture"; "infernal instruments of war"; "satanic cruelty"; "unholy grimaces"

Wiktionary

  1. diabolicaladjective

    Extremely wicked or cruel.

  2. diabolicaladjective

    Of or concerning the devil; satanic.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Diabolical, Diabolickadjective

    Devilish; partaking of the qualities of the devil; impious; atrocious; nefarious; pertaining to the devil.

    Etymology: from diabolus, Latin.

    This, in other beasts observ’d,
    Doubt might beget of diabolick pow’r,
    Active within, beyond the sense of brute. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Does not the ambitious, the envious, and the revengeful man know very well, that the thirst of blood, and affectation of dominion by violence and oppression, is a most diabolical outrage upon the laws of God and Nature, and upon the common well-being of mankind? Roger L'Estrange.

    The practice of lying is a diabolical exercise, and they that use it are the devil’s children. John Ray, on the Creation.

    Damned spirits must needs be all envy, despair, and rage; and have so much of a diabolical nature in them, as to wish all men to share their misery. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

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  1. diabolical

    Diabolical generally refers to something that is extremely wicked, cruel or evil, similar to characteristics associated with the devil. It can also imply cunning or cleverness, especially in a negative context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diabolicaladjective

    pertaining to the devil; resembling, or appropriate, or appropriate to, the devil; devilish; infernal; impious; atrocious; nefarious; outrageously wicked; as, a diabolic or diabolical temper or act

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of diabolical in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of diabolical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of diabolical in a Sentence

  1. Barbara Bowman:

    It makes me sick, and it sends a very wrong message about what consent really means, consent is not the absence of a' no.' And when you put drugs and alcohol in the mix, and put a person into a state of impairment and incapacitation where they're not able to respond in a normal setting, it's manipulative. It's diabolical. It's controlling. And it's typical behavior and thinking of a sociopath.

  2. C. C. Colton:

    There is a diabolical trio existing in the natural man, implacable, inextinguishable, co-operative and consentaneous, pride, envy, and hate; pride that makes us fancy we deserve all the goods that others possess; envy that some should be admired while we are overlooked; and hate, because all that is bestowed on others, diminishes the sum we think due to ourselves.

  3. Alex Beresford:

    This is absolutely diabolical behavior, i ’m sorry, but Piers Morgan spouts off on a regular basis and we all have to sit there and listen. ? ITV then announced that Piers Morgan had decided to leave.

  4. Kim Sung-tae:

    Kim Yong Chol is a diabolical war criminal who attacked the South, he deserves death by hanging in the street.

  5. Umberto Eco:

    There is only one thing that arouses animals more than pleasure, and that is pain. Under torture you are as if under the dominion of those grasses that produce visions. Everything you have heard told, everything you have read returns to your mind, as if you were being transported, not toward heaven, but toward hell. Under torture you say not only what the inquisitor wants, but also what you imagine might please him, because a bond (this, truly, diabolical) is established between you and him.

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