One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Reckless mischief; charismatic wildness.‘the beauty and diablerie of the great actor’
mischief, mischievousness, naughtiness, badnessView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- 1.1archaic Sorcery supposedly assisted by the devil.
Mid 18th century: from French, from diable, from ecclesiastical Latin diabolus ‘devil’.
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