diabolic

[dahy-uh-bol-ik]
adjective
1.
having the qualities of a devil; devilish; fiendish; outrageously wicked: a diabolic plot.
2.
pertaining to or actuated by a devil.
Also, diabolical.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English diabolik (< Middle French) < Late Latin diabolicus < Greek diabolikós, equivalent to diábol(os) devil + -ikos -ic

diabolically, adverb
diabolicalness, noun
hyperdiabolical, adjective
hyperdiabolically, adverb
hyperdiabolicalness, noun
nondiabolic, adjective
nondiabolical, adjective
nondiabolically, adverb
nondiabolicalness, noun
superdiabolical, adjective
superdiabolically, adverb
superdiabolicalness, noun
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diabolic (ˌdaɪəˈbɒlɪk)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or proceeding from the devil; satanic
2.  befitting a devil; extremely cruel or wicked; fiendish
3.  very difficult or unpleasant
 
[C14: from Late Latin diabolicus, from Greek diabolikos, from diabolosdevil]
 
dia'bolically
 
adv
 
dia'bolicalness
 
n

diabolical (ˌdaɪəˈbɒlɪkəl)
 
adj
1.  excruciatingly bad; outrageous
2.  (intensifier): a diabolical liberty
 
dia'bolically
 
adv
 
dia'bolicalness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

diabolic
late 14c., from O.Fr. diabolique (13c.), from L.L. diabolicus, from Gk. diabolikos "devilish," from diabolos (see devil).

diabolical
c.1500, "pertaining to the devil," from diabolic (late 14c.) , from Fr. diabolique (see diabolic) + -al (1). Meaning "befitting the devil" is from 1540s. Related: Diabolically.
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Example sentences
Nor are they diabolical geniuses; rather, they tend to be surprisingly
  dull-witted.
Quite clearly, by the end of the war, one knew what a diabolical fiend he was.
Lopez insists that their sparring matches were more droll than diabolical.
It's as if the filmmakers didn't know how to resolve the mayhem, opting for
  silly over diabolical.
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