Diabolic Di`a*bol"ic, Diabolical Di`a*bol"ic*al, a. [L. diabolicus, Gr. ? devilish, slanderous: cf. F. diabolique. See {Devil}.] 1. Pertaining to the devil; resembling, or appropriate, or appropriate to, the devil; befitting hell or satan; devilish; infernal; impious; as, a diabolic or diabolical temper or act; the diabolical expression on his face; fires lit up a diabolic scene. ``Diabolic power.'' --Milton. ``The diabolical institution.'' --Motley.

Syn: devilish, mephistophelian, mephistophelean. [1913 Webster]

2. showing a wicked cunning or ingenuity; as, the cold calculation and diabolic art of some statesmen.

Syn: devilish, mephistophelian, mephistophelean. [WordNet 1.5]

3. extremely evil or cruel; atrocious; outrageously wicked; as, diabolical sorcerers under the influence of devils; diabolical torturers taking pleasure in their craft.

Syn: demonic, fiendish, hellish, infernal, nefarious, satanic. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] -- {Di`a*bol"ic*al*ly}, adv. -- {Di`a*bol"ic*al*ness}, n.

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • diabolicalness — noun see diabolical …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • diabolicalness — See diabolically. * * * …   Universalium

  • diabolicalness — noun The state or quality of being diabolical …   Wiktionary

  • diabolicalness — di·a·bol·i·cal·ness …   English syllables

  • diabolicalness — noun see diabolic …   Useful english dictionary

  • diabolical — or diabolic adjective Etymology: Middle English deabolik, from Middle French diabolique, from Late Latin diabolicus, from diabolus Date: 14th century of, relating to, or characteristic of the devil ; devilish < a diabolical plot > • diabolically …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • diabolic — diabolically, adv. diabolicalness, n. /duy euh bol ik/, adj. 1. having the qualities of a devil; devilish; fiendish; outrageously wicked: a diabolic plot. 2. pertaining to or actuated by a devil. Also, diabolical. [1350 1400; ME diabolik ( < MF)… …   Universalium

  • diabolic — adjective /ˌdaɪəˈbɒlɪk/ a) Showing wickedness typical of a devil. diabolic magic square b) Extremely evil or cruel. a cunning and diabolic plot Syn: devilish, mephistophelian, mephi …   Wiktionary

  • diabolically — adverb In a diabolical manner. See Also: diabolic, diabolical, diabolicalness …   Wiktionary

  • deviltry — n 1. mischievousness, mischief, foul play, devilry, Inf. goings on; villainy, knavery, rascality, roguery. 2. wickedness, diabolicalness, fiendishness, satanicalness, hellishness, infernality; evil, iniquity, improbity, vice; maliciousness,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”