Examples of diabolical in a sentence
<the police quickly mobilized to track down the diabolical serial killer>
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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."
Origin and Etymology of diabolical
Middle English deabolik, from Medieval French diabolique, from Late Latin diabolicus, from diabolus —see 1devil
First Known Use: 15th century
DIABOLICAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of diabolical for English Language Learners
: extremely evil
: very unpleasant, bad, or annoying
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