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diabolical
American English: /ˌdaɪəˈbɑlək(ə)l/
British English: /dʌɪəˈbɒlɪk(ə)l/

Translation of diabolical in Spanish:

adjective

  • 1.1 (fiendish)
    (plan/machinations)
    (cruelty/grin)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (very bad)
    (British English) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • 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.

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