Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sorcery; witchcraft.
  • n. Representation of devils or demons, as in paintings or fiction.
  • n. Devilish conduct; deviltry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. witchcraft, sorcery

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Devilry; sorcery or incantation; a diabolical deed; mischief.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Mischief; wickedness; devilry.
  • n. Magic arts; incantation; sorcery.

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from diable, devil, from Latin diabolus; see devil.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • It knows how to respond to the "diablerie" of the abysses with a reciprocal gesture.

    The Complex Vision

  • Nay, touch me, and see whether I am not of sinful Scots flesh and blood "; and thereon I laughed aloud, knowing what caused his fear, and merry at the sight of it, for he had ever held tales of" diablerie, "and of wraiths and freits and fetches, in high scorn.

    A Monk of Fife

  • Dostoyevsky was among the few who grasped the momentousness of the change that Machiavelli initiated in the West's conception of diablerie.

    Barack Obama, Shaman

  • Her brows tilted perplexedly, accenting the nuance of diablerie, delicate and fascinating, that they cast upon the flower face.

    The Moon Pool

  • The effect of this figure was not terrible like that of the President, but it had every diablerie that can come from the utterly grotesque.

    The Man Who Was Thursday

  • Ehomba ducked instinctively and the blast of luminescent diablerie passed over his left shoulder to strike the center of the dying campfire.

    Carnivores of Light and Darkness

  • The hooded creature had been taken outside the mountain, the actual working of the diablerie done there, and done quickly, so that Sovartus might miss it.

    Conan the Fearless

  • Some eighteen months had elapsed in this fashion when Aurore began to tire of _diablerie_.

    Famous Women: George Sand

  • He rather admired her the more for her _diablerie_ -- but she must be careful!

    One Day A sequel to 'Three Weeks'

  • With a belief that these tales of Indian _diablerie_ will not be uninteresting to the reader, I will relate one more.

    Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 2 (of 3)

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  • or removing-the-study-of-one-thing

    August 26, 2009

  • 1) black magic: sorcery'
    2) demon lore
    3) mischievous conduct or manner

    May 11, 2008