Definition of diabolism in English:

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Pronunciation: /dīˈabəˌlizəm/


1Worship of the Devil.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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Syllabification: di·ab·o·lism

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