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diabolism

[dahy-ab-uh-liz-uh m] /daɪˈæb əˌlɪz əm/
noun
1.
Theology.
  1. action aided or caused by the devil; sorcery; witchcraft.
  2. the character or condition of a devil.
  3. a doctrine concerning devils.
  4. a belief in or worship of devils.
2.
action befitting the devil; deviltry.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Greek diábol(os) devil + -ism
Related forms
diabolist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for diabolism

diabolism

/daɪˈæbəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
  1. activities designed to enlist the aid of devils, esp in witchcraft or sorcery
  2. worship of devils or beliefs and teachings concerning them
  3. the nature of devils
2.
character or conduct that is devilish or fiendish; devilry
Derived Forms
diabolist, noun
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Word Origin and History for diabolism
n.

c.1600s, from Ecclesiastical Greek diabolos "devil" (see devil (n.)) + -ism.

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