sa·​tan·​ic | \ sə-ˈta-nik How to pronounce satanic (audio) , 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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satanically \ sə-​ˈta-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce satanically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of satanic in a Sentence

the cat's eyes reflected a satanic red in the dark
Recent Examples on the Web Others are seduced by the movement’s wild, often violent fantasies, including claims that Hollywood celebrities are part of a satanic child-trafficking ring. Mike Mcintire, New York Times, "What Happens When QAnon Seeps From the Web to the Offline World," 9 Feb. 2020 In this, Cardinal Müller sees idolatry and a satanic desecration. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Pope Francis, Wayward Shepherd," 6 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, Sabrina has inadvertently been fulfilling a satanic prophecy to bring about the end times, enabling Satan/Lucifer Morningstar (aka the Dark Lord) to return to Earth in his angelic form. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina S3 is a mesmerizing melting pot of the macabre," 27 Jan. 2020 The fate of the world hangs in the balance when a cleric battles an ancient satanic force for a young woman’s soul. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Trump himself during the campaign had pushed back against the passive-aggressive Obama Russian policy, which had gyrated from partnership with an angelic Putin to hatred of a satanic Putin. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "A Russian Under Every Bed," 17 Dec. 2019 Eastwood can’t resist adding extra relish; in one shot of the Journal-Constitution newsroom, when Scruggs gets a round of applause from her fellow jackals, the camera lingers and lingers on Wilde’s satanic glee. Michael Phillips,, "‘Richard Jewell’ review: Clint Eastwood’s seething reminder that sometimes, the fake-news rap is legit," 4 Dec. 2019 With satanic killers on the loose, can anyone be trusted? Clark Collis,, "Alexandra Daddario goes to war with two metalheads in We Summon the Darkness clip," 20 Sep. 2019 In the end the movie tilts a little more than Get Out (which did deal in possession and soul-horror, albeit without an explicitly satanic element) toward splatter and absurdity, a little less toward metaphysical dread. Ross Douthat, National Review, "Horror-Comedy Ready or Not Plays on Primal Human Fears," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of satanic

1544, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Satanic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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