Definition of diabolical in English:

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Pronunciation: /dʌɪəˈbɒlɪk(ə)l/


1Characteristic of the Devil, or so evil as to recall the Devil: his diabolical cunning
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  • We are capable of diabolical evil - and angelic goodness.
  • It sounded very much like she was trying to sound evil and diabolical, but all she came across as was somewhat disturbed.
  • The Devil and his diabolical servants seemed to have no interest in the fate of individual mortals for the moment.
2British informal Disgracefully bad or unpleasant: a singer with an absolutely diabolical voice
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  • I think it's absolutely diabolical and disgraceful that the England players even contemplated going on strike.
  • The way in which the process has taken place, and the rush and haste in which this legislation is being rammed through, are a diabolical disgrace.
  • I say, and New Zealand First says, that it is a diabolical disgrace to spend $21.15 million in this way.



Pronunciation: /dʌɪəˈbɒlɪk(ə)li/
[as submodifier]: a diabolically clever scheme
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  • Unless, of course, you think the Bay of Bigs fiasco was actually a diabolically clever criminal conspiracy to make JFK look bad.
  • And to think we almost walked right into that diabolically clever trap!
  • Social Security is a diabolically inadequate program: if you die, the ‘contributions’ you've made to the system are forfeited, and your heirs are out of luck.

Words that rhyme with diabolical

follicle, hyperbolical, symbolical

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