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diablerie

[dee-ah-bluh-ree; French dya-bluh-ree] /diˈɑ blə ri; French dya bləˈri/
noun, plural diableries
[dee-ah-bluh-reez; French dya-bluh-ree] /diˈɑ blə riz; French dya bləˈri/ (Show IPA)
1.
diabolic magic or art; sorcery; witchcraft.
2.
the domain or realm of devils.
3.
the lore of devils; demonology.
4.
reckless mischief; deviltry.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < French, Old French, equivalent to diable devil + -erie -ery
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British Dictionary definitions for diablerie

diablerie

/dɪˈɑːblərɪ; French djɑbləri/
noun
1.
magic or witchcraft connected with devils
2.
demonic lore or esoteric knowledge of devils
3.
the domain of devils
4.
devilry; mischief
Word Origin
C18: from Old French, from diable devil, from Latin diabolus; see devil
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Encyclopedia Article for diablerie

a representation in words or pictures of black magic or of dealings with the devil. Among the literary works that contain such representations are Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" and Sylvia Townsend Warner's Lolly Willowes. The word is French and means "devilry," "manifestations of the devil," or "of devils."

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