from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The doctrine of the devil; diabolical lore: as, the diabology of Milton's “Paradise Lost.”
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Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes even called the old theology largely "diabology."
Remember the theology and the diabology of the time.
Toledo, I must needs confess and acknowledge that veritably the devils cannot be killed or die by the stroke of a sword, I do nevertheless avow and maintain, according to the doctrine of the said diabology, that they may suffer a solution of continuity (as if with thy shable thou shouldst cut athwart the flame of a burning fire, or the gross opacous exhalations of a thick and obscure smoke), and cry out like very devils at their sense and feeling of this dissolution, which in real deed I must aver and affirm is devilishly painful, smarting, and dolorous.
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