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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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This diabolical evil must control television, banking, entertainment, education and even Washington D.C.
The governor wants downstaters to think that paying pensions to teachers in Chicago is more diabolical than paying teachers' pensions elsewhere.
Today, Congress has yet to even remove this diabolical group’s federal funding.
More is learned about Ursula’s diabolical nature and motives, which take her wicked ways to a much higher level than in the film.
But mere resistance to the diabolical schemes of the enemy is not sufficient.
This kid’s reign wasn’t about control so much as diabolical chaos, as Joffrey’s black little heart drove the realm for a while.
Toscanini's life intersected with the lives of a range of fascinating figures, including Puccini, Verdi, Mahler, Horowitz, the relatives of Richard Wagner, and diabolical characters like Mussolini and Hitler.
Metro’s windup for an imminent fare hike was nothing short of diabolical.
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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."
Synonymscacodemonic, demoniac (also demoniacal), demonian, demonic (also demonical), devilish, fiendish (or diabolic), Luciferian, satanic
Antonymsangelic (or angelical)
Related Wordshellish, infernal; baleful, evil, sinister; malevolent, malicious, malignant; heinous, monstrous; black, immoral, iniquitous, nefarious, vicious, vile, villainous, wicked; barbarous, cruel, ferocious, inhuman, savage
Near Antonymscelestial, heavenly; beneficent, benevolent, benign, benignant; godly, holy, sainted, saintly; ethical, good, moral, righteous, virtuous
DIABOLICAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of diabolical for English Language Learners
: extremely evil
: very unpleasant, bad, or annoying
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