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the police quickly mobilized to track down the diabolical serial killer
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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.
His whole life was a painful [back and forth] between the light, to which the composer so strived, and the call of carnal passions, perceived by him as diabolical temptation.
Well, if that bill was mean, this one is downright diabolical.
So diabolical is the al-Qaeda/ISIS disease that has infested the brains and souls of too many young men.
Her parents are in declining health, another friend lives in the diabolical grip of A.L.S., silent and immobile even as his brain carries on.
The novel’s paranormal elements (a diabolical villain’s glass eye has superhuman powers) do not fully counteract the ubiquity of the genre’s tropes, like meetings conducted in remote lighthouses.
The Simpsons’ Lisa Simpson is the noble model, while Family Guy’s matricidal baby Stewie Griffin serves as a diabolical counterpoint.
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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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