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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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What was cast as this kind of diabolical, dishonest action was actually something that probably took me less than ten minutes.
For Uruguay, there is the diabolical striker Luis Suarez, who illegally batted Ghana’s ball out of the goal in the 2010 World Cup, vaulting Uruguay into the semifinals.
There are some downright diabolical pin positions and slopes that will test even the most-skilled players’ patience.
For every post-up LeBron might have had against Kyrie in this series, Kyrie could be just as diabolical seeking out guys like J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver.
The film, which was to be called In the Sultan’s Power, involved a dashing American traveler who rescues a young Frenchwoman from the seraglio of a diabolical Turkish nobleman.
Scotland Yard suspects a madman, but Holmes believes the killings to be part of a diabolical plot. $5.
Capital Stage — which launched in 2004 with 200 full-season subscribers and today boasts more than 2,000 — always has thrived on producing cutting-edge material, typically leaning hard on the Four Ds — dark, depressing, dystopian and diabolical.
In a tribute to Méliès’ sometimes diabolical worlds filled with skeletons and ghosts, the Doodle also features an evil green man who attempts to kidnap our hero’s beloved queen.
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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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