di·​ab·​o·​lize dī-ˈa-bə-ˌlīz How to pronounce diabolize (audio)
diabolized; diabolizing

transitive verb

: to represent as or make diabolical

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For example, while a new fascism would necessarily diabolize some enemy, both internal and external, the enemy would not necessarily be Jews. Robert O. Paxton, Slate Magazine, 6 Apr. 2017

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Word History


diabol(ic) + -ize

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of diabolize was in 1653

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“Diabolize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diabolize. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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