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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

  • noun witchcraft, sorcery


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

[French, from Old French, from diable, devil, from Latin diabolus; see devil.]


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

    The Complex Vision John Cowper Powys 1917

  • 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 Andrew Lang 1878

  • 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 2008

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

    The Moon Pool 2004

  • 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 Gilbert Keith 2003

  • 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 Foster, Alan Dean, 1946- 2000

  • 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 Perry, Steve 1986

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

    Famous Women: George Sand Bertha Thomas

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

    One Day A sequel to 'Three Weeks' Anonymous

  • 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) James Athearn Jones


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  • 1) black magic: sorcery'

    2) demon lore

    3) mischievous conduct or manner

    May 11, 2008

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

    August 26, 2009