Definition of diabolism in English:



  • [mass noun] Worship of the Devil.

    • ‘White relied on a diabolism like this to induce a fall in the sunny paradise of Australia.’
    • ‘Where did this hatred of Witchcraft begin and who is responsible for spreading the myths of diabolism, devil-worship, infanticide and crazed orgiastic rites?’
    • ‘Proctor saw this and feared, for diabolism was a practice unheard of.’
    • ‘Of these, the most striking is Matthew G. Lewis, whose novel The Monk cast aside Radcliffe's decorum in its sensational depictions of diabolism and incestuous rape.’
    • ‘Their performances invariably involve roughly equal measures of cruelty, obscenity, sacrilege, diabolism, and Norse paganism (thus accomplishing the difficult feat of simultaneously blaspheming both the Christian God and Odin).’
    • ‘The ultimate Evil in the film turns out to originate from Ghul's excessive zeal, not from some hoaky diabolism.’
    • ‘It is an irreverence which comes to what is, for me, its crisis when articles by serious anarchists, Chiaromonte and Goodman, are presented along with the cud of fin-de-siècle diabolism.’
    • ‘Effective diabolism shows the existence of Satan, so the corresponding presence of his greater adversary is at least strongly implied.’
    the supernatural, the paranormal, supernaturalism, magic, black magic, witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy, wizardry, the black arts, kabbalah, cabbalism, occultism, diabolism, devil worship, devilry, voodoo, hoodoo, white magic, witchery, witching, orenda, mysticism
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Early 17th century: from ecclesiastical Latin diabolus or Greek diabolos devil + -ism.