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

  • adjective Of, concerning, or characteristic of the devil; satanic.
  • adjective Appropriate to a devil, especially in degree of wickedness or cruelty.

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  • adjective Extremely wicked or cruel.
  • adjective Of or concerning the devil; satanic.

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  • adjective showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil
  • adjective extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell

Etymologies

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

[From Middle English deabolik, from Old French diabolique, from Late Latin diabolicus, from Latin diabolus, devil; see devil.]

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First attested between 1350 and 1400 from Middle English diabolik, from Middle French diabolique, from Late Latin diabolicus, from Ancient Greek διαβολ-ικός (diabolikos, "devilish"), from διάβολος (diabolos).

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