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diabolic

[dahy-uh-bol-ik] /ˌdaɪ əˈbɒl ɪk/
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
1350-1400; Middle English diabolik (< Middle French) < Late Latin diabolicus < Greek diabolikós, equivalent to diábol(os) devil + -ikos -ic
Related forms
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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Examples for diabolically
  • There are diabolically smart surprises wherever you care to look in this glittering thriller.
  • The word connotes a diabolically clever move or combination that turns the tables on the opponent.
British Dictionary definitions for diabolically

diabolic

/ˌdaɪəˈbɒlɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or proceeding from the devil; satanic
2.
befitting a devil; extremely cruel or wicked; fiendish
3.
very difficult or unpleasant
Derived Forms
diabolically, adverb
diabolicalness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin diabolicus, from Greek diabolikos, from diabolosdevil
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Word Origin and History for diabolically

diabolic

adj.

late 14c., from Old French diabolique (13c.), from Late Latin diabolicus, from Ecclesiastical Greek diabolikos "devilish," from diabolos (see devil (n.)).

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