diabolism

noun

di·​ab·​o·​lism dī-ˈa-bə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce diabolism (audio)
1
: dealings with or possession by the devil
2
: belief in or worship of devils
3
: evil character or conduct
diabolist noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Whatever their theme — spectral invasion, diabolism, shape-changing — Blackwood expertly builds up an atmosphere of the otherworldly coupled with the spiritually threatening. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2020 In this riposte to #MeToo diabolism, Tarantino finally finds a social context that challenges his audience. Armond White, National Review, 26 July 2019

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Word History

Etymology

Late Latin diabolus or Greek diábolos devil entry 1 + -ism

First Known Use

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of diabolism was in 1614

Dictionary Entries Near diabolism

Cite this Entry

“Diabolism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diabolism. Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

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