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satanic

or satanical

[suh-tan-ik, sey-] /səˈtæn ɪk, seɪ-/
adjective
1.
of Satan.
2.
characteristic of or befitting Satan; extremely wicked; devillike; diabolical.
Origin of satanic
1660-1670
1660-70; < Medieval Greek satanikós. See Satan, -ic
Related forms
satanically, adverb
satanicalness, noun
unsatanic, adjective
unsatanical, adjective
unsatanically, adverb
Synonyms
2. evil, devilish, hellish, fiendish, infernal.
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  • For such lofty aims one ought to be ready to compromise with his satanic majesty even.

    Old Fritz and the New Era Louise Muhlbach
  • The satanic energy of this outburst proclaims its author, Marlowe.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Merthyr, however, can show several remarkable edifices, though of a gloomy horrid satanic character.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • Hence all this "skimble scamble stuff" about "satanic," and so forth.

  • Skulls, angels—and occasionally a figure that looks like his satanic Majesty!

British Dictionary definitions for satanic

satanic

/səˈtænɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Satan
2.
supremely evil or wicked; diabolic
Derived Forms
satanically, adverb
satanicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for satanic
adj.

1667 (in "Paradise Lost"), "pertaining to Satan," from Satan + -ic. Meaning "diabolical" is from 1793. Related: Satanical (1540s).

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