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; 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
Example Sentences 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)
 
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 and History for diabolically
diabolic
late 14c., from O.Fr. diabolique (13c.), from L.L. diabolicus, from Gk. diabolikos "devilish," from diabolos (see devil).
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