Definition of diabolism in English:

diabolism

Syllabification: di·ab·o·lism
Pronunciation: /dīˈabəˌlizəm
 
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noun

  • 1Worship of the Devil.
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    • The ultimate Evil in the film turns out to originate from Ghul's excessive zeal, not from some hoaky diabolism.
    • Of these, the most striking is Matthew G. Lewis, whose novel The Monk cast aside Radcliffe's decorum in its sensational depictions of diabolism and incestuous rape.
    • Their performances invariably involve roughly equal measures of cruelty, obscenity, sacrilege, diabolism, and Norse paganism (thus accomplishing the difficult feat of simultaneously blaspheming both the Christian God and Odin).
  • 1.1Devilish or atrociously wicked conduct.
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    • Now, Hollingworth's contrived diabolism in the public eye has reached new heights: he has committed crimes against those who no longer live.
    • Much has been made of the grim stare revealed in the most famous photograph of her, a supposed ‘look of evil’ that strikes me as more like sleepiness than diabolism.
    • Whatever be their duplicity and diabolism, they cannot be faulted when they say there is no installation in their country costlier than a Cruise missile.

Derivatives

diabolist

noun
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  • Like probably nearly everyone (apart from diabolists, gays and people who think we should try and stop AIDS spreading) I was saddened to hear of his passing.
  • To achieve this the diabolists at the Gummi factory have two options.
  • It is a high vantage point overlooking the town, a place where a murderous diabolist could hide from the implacable huntress on his trail and from which he can watch and direct his unliving army.

Origin

early 17th century: from ecclesiastical Latin diabolus or Greek diabolos 'devil' + -ism.

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