Definition of diabolical in English:

diabolical

(also diabolic)

adjective

  • Belonging to or so evil as to recall the Devil.

    ‘his diabolical cunning’
    • ‘From beginning to end, we are prey to the movie's diabolical killer, who presents us with a variety of abominable ways to slay and mutilate his victims.’
    • ‘In a floor speech, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, called the juxtaposition diabolical.’
    • ‘If you were an diabolical terrorist mastermind living in a cave, around what place would you centre your evil terrorist plans?’
    • ‘As much as it may surprise you, I do have a plan, a diabolical plan for the destruction of Hydrogen Guy and his infernal cohorts.’
    • ‘Far too few have taken this diabolical wickedness seriously.’
    • ‘Well, Octavia, when they blame U.S., are they suggesting some sort of diabolical plot?’
    • ‘One can only marvel at the fiendish and diabolical powers of darkness under Hillary's wicked command.’
    • ‘Potter wanted to twist this plot around, and have a much more diabolical character accomplish the same thing by accident.’
    • ‘Nazism was a diabolical monstrosity and it was fitting not only to commemorate its demise, but also to celebrate the millions who paid the highest sacrifice.’
    • ‘Was there some evil demonic being looking to recruit unsuspecting people for a diabolical plan?’
    • ‘I think what happens is we have these two tendencies, divine and diabolical, the sinner and the saint, the sacred and profane.’
    • ‘There's a certain diabolical quality about him.’
    • ‘Rising from the verdant splendour of the Ukrainian countryside, Zaporozhye looks like a diabolical inferno; a city on fire.’
    • ‘The Devil and his diabolical servants seemed to have no interest in the fate of individual mortals for the moment.’
    • ‘It was indeed very fitting that the President of the USA should have two direct descendants from that diabolical slave trade on hands for his African visit.’
    • ‘It sounded very much like she was trying to sound evil and diabolical, but all she came across as was somewhat disturbed.’
    • ‘We are capable of diabolical evil - and angelic goodness.’
    • ‘The choice of name, ‘Death March,’ was said to be the evidence of the diabolical intent of Stephen Cadiz and his group.’
    • ‘Now is the time to show our courage, to show our resilience, to show the perpetrators of this diabolical act that our spirit is more resolute and determined than ever before.’
    • ‘Now, I count myself among that small minority of middle class Indians who believe that both are serious problems and that it is diabolical to find excuses for them.’
    devilish, fiendish, satanic, mephistophelian, demonic, demoniacal, hellish, infernal, evil, wicked, ungodly, unholy
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Pronunciation

diabolical

/ˌdaɪəˈbɑlək(ə)l//ˌdīəˈbälək(ə)l/