devil theory

noun

Definition of devil theory

: a theory of history: political and social crises arise from the deliberate actions of evil or misguided leaders rather than as a natural result of conditions

First Known Use of devil theory

1937, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About devil theory

Time Traveler for devil theory

Time Traveler

The first known use of devil theory was in 1937

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near devil theory

Devils Tower

devil theory

devilward

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for devil theory

Cite this Entry

“Devil theory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/devil%20theory. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!