Definition of diablerie in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The quality of being reckless or wild in a charismatic way.

    • ‘Jupiter is jovial, Venus rapt and serene, but Mercury could do with a bit more diablerie and the final Neptune a better sense of the ethereal.’
    • ‘We don't have diablerie; we have often talked about including that in a sequel or add-on pack.’
    • ‘For instance, a black cat, a dark night, and a dark place are all symbolic of diablerie.’
    • ‘Paganini had drawn criticism from his contemporaries, who cited his works as a musical diablerie due to their complexity and fury.’
    mischief, mischievousness, naughtiness, badness
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    1. 1.1archaic Sorcery supposedly assisted by the devil.


Mid 18th century: from French, from diable, from ecclesiastical Latin diabolus devil.