One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘his diabolical skill’
devilish, diabolic, fiendish, satanic, Mephistophelian, demonic, demoniacal, hellish, infernal, evil, wicked, ungodly, unholy
2‘the team manager was sacked after that diabolical performance’
very bad, poor, dreadful, awful, terrible, frightful, disgraceful, shameful, lamentable, deplorable, appalling, atrocious
inferior, substandard, mediocre, unsatisfactory, inadequate, second-rate, third-rate, shoddy, inept, bungling, hopeless
crummy, dire, dismal, God-awful, shocking, abysmal, bum, rotten, pathetic, woeful, pitiful, lousy, useless, poxy, the pits
British duff, rubbish, ropy, chronic, a load of pants
vulgar slang crap, crappy, shitty
North American vulgar slang chickenshit, hellacious
3‘a diabolical liberty’
very great, extreme, excessive, undue, inordinate, immoderate, unconscionable, outrageous
uncalled for, unprovoked, intolerable, unacceptable, unreasonable, unjustifiable, unwarrantable, without justification, indefensible, inexcusable, unforgivable, unpardonable
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