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Examples of diabolical in a Sentence
the police quickly mobilized to track down the diabolical serial killer
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Grand dames like Merion, Pinehurst and Shinny were born with penal rough, tricky routes and, most significantly, diabolical greens.
The final expression on her hooded face is diabolical and unreadable.
Rauner cheered Rahm on, urging him to close more union schools, cut taxes on the rich, and do other diabolical things near and dear to the governor's gumball-size heart.
Frank Lloyd Wright once said, and now comes LeBron James, at 33, the world’s best basketball player, attempting his next act in the land of Neutra houses, infinity pools, diabolical traffic and In-N-Out.
Russia is the most diabolical sports doping power on the planet.
Grant, giving one of his best performances in recent memory, imbues him with a certain charm and power, two assets that can feel diabolical under different circumstances.
In the same way, the books sidestep the true face of misogyny: if men who hate women are normal and common, then misogynist violence does not have to be so diabolical.
Meanwhile, the generic-and-lumbering Mr. Incredible is floored by his most diabolical villain yet: responsibility.
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Did You Know?
Like the word devil, "diabolical" traces back to Latin diabolus, which itself descends from Greek diabolos, a word that literally means "slanderer." In English, "diabolical" has many nuances of meaning. It can describe the devil himself (as in "my diabolical visitor") or anything related to or characteristic of him in appearance, behavior, or thought; examples include "diabolical lore," "a diabolical grin," and "a diabolical plot." In British slang, "diabolical" can also mean "disgraceful" or "bad," as in "the food was diabolical."
DIABOLICAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of diabolical for English Language Learners
: extremely evil
: very unpleasant, bad, or annoying
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