from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Showing wickedness typical of a devil.
- adj. Extremely evil or cruel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to the devil; resembling, or appropriate, or appropriate to, the devil; befitting hell or satan; devilish; infernal; impious.
- adj. showing a wicked cunning or ingenuity.
- adj. extremely evil or cruel; atrocious; outrageously wicked.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to the devil; partaking of the qualities of the devil; devilish; hence, infernal; Impious; atrocious; outrageously wicked: as, a diabolic plot; a diabolical temper.
- Synonyms See list under devilish.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil
- adj. extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell
In her presence and before the whole household he repeated his false story, and clung to it with a bitter effrontery that we may well call diabolic, remembering how the nervous terror of punishment and exposure sinks the angel in man.
These examples are but typical of myriads in cathedrals and abbeys and parish churches throughout Europe; and all served to impress upon the popular mind a horror of everything called diabolic, and a hatred of those charged with it.
But to accomplish this work, which we may also call diabolic, isn't an androgynous genius necessary?
In a very Screwtapian, that is to say diabolic irony, these nobler ideals are often the best disguise for our group selfishness, for we can thereby disguise our primitiveness even from ourselves.
My spell checker suggested this should be spelled "diabolic".
The word 'diabolic' itself derives from the Greek word diaballo meaning to "pass beyond" or "over", from the root dia - "through" and, as a causal accusative, "with the aid of".
When we go to war, we have to have an evil enemy, a kind of diabolic enemy.
That's the kind of diabolic prevarication I like to see my followers use to attack my enemies.) "No doubt some far-left pundits have said far worse things than Ann Coulter will ever say and the mainstream media often celebrates them.
The tiny village of Baur came under attack in 1483 by âforces dark and overwhelming, â long postulated to be brigands or barbarians (though hidden histories mark the attackers as diabolic and certainly of fell origins).
“Recently I discovered that to preserve their diabolic power, vampires must sleep during the day in the same unhallowed ground in which they had been buried.”