One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Worship of the Devil.
the supernatural, the paranormal, supernaturalism, magic, black magic, witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy, wizardry, the black arts, kabbalah, cabbalism, occultism, devil worship, devilry, voodoo, hoodoo, white magic, witchery, witching, orenda, mysticismView synonyms
- ‘Where did this hatred of Witchcraft begin and who is responsible for spreading the myths of diabolism, devil-worship, infanticide and crazed orgiastic rites?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Proctor saw this and feared, for diabolism was a practice unheard of.’
- ‘Effective diabolism shows the existence of Satan, so the corresponding presence of his greater adversary is at least strongly implied.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘White relied on a diabolism like this to induce a fall in the sunny paradise of Australia.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 Devilish or atrociously wicked conduct.
- ‘Now, Hollingworth's contrived diabolism in the public eye has reached new heights: he has committed crimes against those who no longer live.’
- ‘On the one hand, Schiller creates a character of pure Shakespearean diabolism in Franz von Moor, who disinherits his elder brother and seeks to seduce his beloved, Amalia.’
- ‘Whatever be their duplicity and diabolism, they cannot be faulted when they say there is no installation in their country costlier than a Cruise missile.’
- ‘Much has been made of the grim stare revealed in the most famous photograph of her, a supposed ‘look of evil’ that strikes me as more like sleepiness than diabolism.’
- ‘But, once Richard is crowned and has no need to play the hypocrite, one yearns for a touch of genuine diabolism.’
Early 17th century: from ecclesiastical Latin diabolus or Greek diabolos ‘devil’ + -ism.
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