diablerie

diablerie

[dee-ah-bluh-ree; French dya-bluh-ree]
noun, plural diableries [dee-ah-bluh-reez; French dya-bluh-ree] .
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:
1745–55; < French, Old French, equivalent to diable devil + -erie -ery

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diablerie (dɪˈɑːblərɪ, French djɑbləri)
 
n
1.  magic or witchcraft connected with devils
2.  demonic lore or esoteric knowledge of devils
3.  the domain of devils
4.  devilry; mischief
 
[C18: from Old French, from diable devil, from Latin diabolus; see devil]

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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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