Definition of satanic in US English:



  • 1Of or characteristic of Satan.

    • ‘It is as though, having assumed the air of some merciful spirit on earth, they were in reality mere satanic emissaries in disguise.’
    • ‘Joseph de Maistre, a Piedmontese noble who had been forced to flee to Switzerland before the French Revolutionary armies, asserted in 1797 that the Revolution was above all satanic and anti-religious.’
    • ‘The Gnostic and Manichaean struggles had ripened the idea that, although at times diseases are punishments by the Almighty, the main agency in them is Satanic.’
    • ‘The Paschal imagery of Christ as the Lamb of God encouraged the wolf's satanic associations.’
    • ‘Yet as belief in satanic influence on suicides declined, so too did faith in the notions of punishing corpses and confiscating property.’
    diabolical, diabolic, fiendish, demonic, demoniac, demoniacal, mephistophelian
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    1. 1.1 Connected with satanism.
      ‘a satanic cult’
      • ‘Were satanic rituals really taking place all around me?’
      • ‘During my career we did investigate quite a few satanic murder cases and a human sacrifice.’
      • ‘Voyeuristic views of activities in apartment and office buildings imply domestic abuse, adulterous affairs, satanic rituals, suicide and criminal action.’
      • ‘The only other markings besides gang tags and general vandalism were some more recent satanic markings, pentagrams, and inverted crosses.’
      • ‘He had been James' idol of sorts, converting James from religious mamma's boy to long-hair satanic cultist.’
      • ‘I have to spend a lot of time explaining to my Aunt Mae that there are no aliens, monsters under the bed, or satanic cults in our company.’
      • ‘What gets a little more disturbing is the willingness to embrace satanic religion and culture over there.’
      • ‘The girl I was talking about was initiated into a satanic cult - they use all sorts of methods to hold you in and that's why it's so difficult to have a successful exorcism.’
      • ‘If he is found not guilty, will the search for the real killer be as vigorous or less vigorous as it was at the beginning of this case when they were searching for some satanic cult?’
      • ‘People who might think that they're going to hear some satanic band are actually going to hear a good, positive message.’
      • ‘It was an officially recognized satanic church and coven that boasted about 5,000 members and two dozen chapters nationwide.’
      • ‘The questionnaires were used to measure psychoticism, extraversion, neuroticism, degree of involvement in gaming or satanic practices, and belief in the paranormal.’
      • ‘It's thick enough to be some kind of satanic bible.’
      • ‘Making his screen debut, Daniel stars in the film as a newspaper reporter who attempts to track down a satanic conspiracy, only to get caught up in a black mass.’
      • ‘When most people hear the words Wicca and Witch, they automatically think evil, the devil, and satanic worship.’
      • ‘I heard that it had something to do with some kind of satanic cult.’
      • ‘Suspects ranged from a jealous ex-boyfriend to a satanic cult that had performed a ritual sacrifice.’
      • ‘When cases of alleged satanic murder have brought the issue to the attention of the judiciary, in no case have investigators found physical evidence to support these accusations.’
      • ‘Many educated people, while unable to deny the theoretical possibility of witchcraft, felt uncomfortable with what they increasingly regarded as something symptomatic not of a satanic sect, but of popular superstitions.’
      • ‘She believed that she was a pawn of a worldwide satanic cult that had used her to breed children.’
    2. 1.2 Extremely evil or wicked.
      • ‘While fat is still not satanic, you should try to limit intake of saturated fats, and, especially, of the ‘trans fats’ in such manufactured products as the hydrogenated vegetable oils used in commercial baked goods.’
      • ‘It was so scary, it seemed like the most evil satanic thing I'd ever seen or heard of, but multiplied by about a five.’
      • ‘Call centres are too often the twenty-first century's satanic mills; but here the workers in this stressful business are given a dignified and humane environment.’
      • ‘Final exams are the most evil, satanic, malicious event ever crafted by mankind.’
      • ‘Short-sellers are traditionally depicted by corporations as satanic spoilsports who routinely spread hideous lies about the companies they're betting against.’
      • ‘The exhibition contained images almost always brutal, satanic and inhuman, designed to engender feelings of fear and hatred.’
      diabolical, fiendish, devilish, demonic, demoniac, demoniacal, mephistophelian
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