sa·tan·ic | \sə-ˈta-nik, sā-\

Definition of satanic 

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of Satan or satanism satanic pride satanic rites

2 : characterized by extreme cruelty or viciousness

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Other Words from satanic

satanically \sə-ˈta-ni-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for satanic


demoniac (also demoniacal), demonian, demonic (also demonical), devilish, diabolical (or diabolic), fiendish


angelic (or angelical)

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Examples of satanic in a Sentence

the cat's eyes reflected a satanic red in the dark

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Beyond the International Settlement and the French Concession, but largely out of mind to their denizens, stretched satanic textile mills full of toiling Chinese. The Economist, "A gripping tale of Sodom sliding towards its bloody end," 12 July 2018 The strange finds were picked up by the Danish national media, sparking stories of black masses and satanic cults on Anholt. James Rogers, Fox News, "Mysterious 'devil coins' discovered in church," 28 June 2018 Two years later, Preston Smith was allowed to display an oversized satanic pentagram in a Boca Raton park in protest of a nearby menorah, manger scene and Christmas tree. Susannah Bryan,, "Ring of string is latest religious symbol to spur controversy," 22 June 2018 The city demolished the school's abandoned buildings after they were taken over by a satanic group, the website says. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Teens went ghost hunting in 'haunted' park. One didn't make it out alive, police say," 4 June 2018 In the same blog post, Fawell said that the previous Super Bowl's halftime show, performed by Madonna, was satanic and influenced by the Illuminati. Nathan Mcdermott And Andrew Kaczynski, CNN, "GOP House candidate in Illinois is a 9/11 truther, said Beyonce had ties to the Illuminati," 25 May 2018 His latest, The Light Fantastic—getting its world premiere now in a witty production directed by Gus Menary for Jackalope Theatre—takes him into horror, satanic division. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "Ike Holter’s latest, The Light Fantastic, is darkly playful," 23 May 2018 The abject way Spinella's satanic Roy tempts Joe Pitt (Danny Binstock), his closeted Mormon lawyer acolyte, with a career-making opportunity in Washington is cringingly unforgettable. Charles Mcnulty,, "For the Berkeley Rep revival of 'Angels in America,' the play is the thing," 29 May 2018 Kicking off his set with a short and sincerely scary slasher film, 21 Savage meandered through a number of hits off his 2017 debut Issa Album, backed by slick horrorcore visuals rich with the satanic imagery so key to his nihilistic persona. Drew Lazor,, "'But then again, I may be drunk': Post Malone takes on Festival Pier," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of satanic

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of satanic

: of, relating to, or worshipping the Devil

: very cruel or evil

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to reject or criticize sharply

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