Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The worship of Satan characterized by a travesty of the Christian rites.
  • noun Profound wickedness.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The evil and malicious disposition of Satan; a diabolical spirit, doctrine, or contrivance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rare The evil and malicious disposition of Satan; a diabolical spirit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Worship of Satan (usually synonymous with "the Devil").
  • noun Any religion seen as either non-Christian or anti-Christian.
  • noun A profession, philosophy, or ideological construct featuring a positive, admirable, or useful association to the figure, character or entity known as 'Satan'.
  • noun The religion of the Church of Satan, founded in 1966 by Anton Szandor LaVey, which characterizes human instincts and desires as "Satan" and urges capitulation to such instincts and desires; also called LaVeyan Satanism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a belief in and reverence for devils (especially Satan)

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Examples

  • If you react with similar outrage to an inverted cross, do you get to ban that too, regardless that Satanism is largely the province of New Age eccentrics and angsty teens with a taste for loud guitar music?

    An Open Letter to the Usual Suspects

  • Post-Modern Satanism is very much like dark humanism with the Nietzsche, Rand, and other atheistic philosophers.

    An Interview with Venger Satanis : The Lovecraft News Network

  • A wider view of Satanism is closer to traditional Devil worship, but with a more contemporary understanding of magic, physics, folklore, theology, and human nature.

    Archive 2010-02-01

  • A wider view of Satanism is closer to traditional Devil worship, but with a more contemporary understanding of magic, physics, folklore, theology, and human nature.

    An Interview with Venger Satanis : The Lovecraft News Network

  • Another (at least apparent) contradiction inherent in Satanism: if Satanists are influenced by Nietzsche as much as they claim to be, then shouldn't that put them "beyond good and evil", rather than siding with evil, like naughty schoolboys.

    An Interview with Venger Satanis : The Lovecraft News Network

  • If you react with similar outrage to an inverted cross, do you get to ban that too, regardless that Satanism is largely the province of New Age eccentrics and angsty teens with a taste for loud guitar music?

    Archive 2010-03-01

  • Post-Modern Satanism is very much like dark humanism with the Nietzsche, Rand, and other atheistic philosophers.

    Archive 2010-02-01

  • I've always felt that the trouble with Satanism is that in trying to kick against Christianity, Satanists end up worshipping a Christian god - it was the Christians who invented the devil.

    An Interview with Venger Satanis : The Lovecraft News Network

  • Within the WSA Progressive Satanism is not a church defined doctrine or prophetic decree imposed upon a mass of believers.

    Progressive Satanism? Satanic Insurance or an Cult! | Disinformation

  • I have been involved in Satanism since I was seventeen, I started late of course and with such a late start I had to ramp up what I knew and I how it fit into my life, I say eighteen but probably more like thirteen was reality but as any of the masses learning required many hours of study.

    Internet Satanism: The War Begins | Disinformation

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