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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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In the end, this diabolical plot didn’t come to fruition either.
The diabolical narrative unspools the moment Dr. Mommaerts (Natali Broods) listens to the voicemail from St. Antonius Hospital left for Mie.
The tactical display from both drivers, on attack and in defence, is diabolical.
With his length off the tee and crisp short game, Woods could tame even the most diabolical of Augusta National’s holes.
This should not have been filmed — and Bachelors Sean, Ben, J.P. and Kaitlyn and Molly Mesnick and pretty much everyone else agree, save for some diabolical producer at ABC.
The Crimson Tide won of course, and Auburn -- the victors of the 2017 Iron Bowl -- had been struck down in a most diabolical way.
However, the reader will discover that the author is innocent because the diabolical Shadow Man has engineered the execution of both writers.
But for this profile, Clarice is paying a big price: Lecter has tapped into her head and even behind steel bars and bulletproof glass, his diabolical prowess is overpowering.
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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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