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 satanic (audio) \ adverb

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the cat's eyes reflected a satanic red in the dark
Recent Examples on the Web The moves borrowed from an age-old playbook: provoking conservatives with satanic imagery. Neil Shah, WSJ, "Lil Nas X Tops the Charts With Controversy-Stirring Single ‘Montero’," 5 Apr. 2021 QAnon conspiracy theories promote the false narrative that a cabal of satanic and pedophilic liberal elites secretly control the government, media and economy. Devon Link, USA TODAY, "Fact check: ICE officials say Operation Talon cancelation wasn't Biden's decision," 25 Mar. 2021 Like QAnon, the satanic panics drew from factions across the political and social spectrum. Sarah Posner, Rolling Stone, "QAnon and the Assault on Planned Parenthood," 25 Mar. 2021 While Rohmer’s stories occasionally hint that Moris Klaw could be the Wandering Jew, Simon Ark actually appears to be centuries-old, a former Coptic priest who travels the world combating satanic evil. Washington Post, "Long before ‘Ghostbusters,’ fiction’s detectives were exploring the otherworldly," 9 Dec. 2020 The satanic day-care controversies of the 1980s were rooted in the very real fear and guilt of mothers of young children who had entered the workforce and hired these institutions to watch their children. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "What Separates Donald McNeil from the Woke Mobsters," 5 Mar. 2021 QAnon adherents believe that Trump is their savior in the fight against satanic Democrats and deep state officials, who will be overthrown in some great awakening. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Trump allies and Republican lawmakers lost thousands of followers in Twitter purge after Capitol riots," 15 Jan. 2021 The same is true for the many evangelicals who have exalted Trump as a Messianic figure divinely empowered to deliver the country from satanic influences. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "Among the Insurrectionists," 15 Jan. 2021 O’Neal generated international headlines four years ago when, as an 18-year-old, he was charged with killing his 16-year-old friend during a satanic ritual, KPRC-TV reported. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "'Devil worshipper' released in 2016 homicide case arrested in shooting death," 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of satanic

1544, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Apr 2021

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“Satanic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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