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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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When the sequel picks up, Eggsy is forced to team with Statesman, the American counterpart to British intelligence agency Kingsman, after his fellow spies are killed by Poppy (Julianne Moore), a diabolical drug lord.
While the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 are more talented on a racetrack, the diabolical Dodges generate nostalgia and release our inner delinquency—which includes the effortless roasting of rear tires.
What poor judgment, not to mention a diabolical way of keeping renters from forming bonds with one another.
For all of the hilarious genius Chiefs coach Andy Reid showed in turning Dontari Poe into the Hungry Pig last year, now comes a more useful, strategic, and diabolical version.
Outside each one’s house was discovered a lumpily diabolical snowman facing in toward the bedroom.
Attack well planned Paddock's diabolical Sunday night attack was well planned.
Was this engagement just another diabolical move by Littlefinger?
If Social Security—a venerable entitlement that has spared millions from penury—bears some resemblance to a Ponzi scheme, then perhaps Ponzi principles are not always as diabolical as the name suggests.
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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
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