sa·​tan·​ic sə-ˈta-nik How to pronounce satanic (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of Satan or satanism
satanic pride
satanic rites
: characterized by extreme cruelty or viciousness
satanically adverb

Examples of satanic in a Sentence

the cat's eyes reflected a satanic red in the dark
Recent Examples on the Web After the election of Trump, some of Pizzagate’s ideas were incorporated into QAnon, the jumbled set of conspiracy theories that falsely asserted that Trump was covertly fighting an elite cabal of satanic pedophiles that ran the world. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2023 The word soon became synonymous with both resurgent Catholicism and certain types of horror flicks that dealt with the religious, the supernatural, and the satanic. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 6 Oct. 2023 Israel cannot allow this satanic terror organization to threaten its citizens any longer. Ruth Marks Eglash, Fox News, 21 Oct. 2023 The QAnon conspiracy theory says that the global elite are committing pedophilia and satanic rituals and the only person who can stop them is Donald Trump. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 19 Sep. 2023 There was never anything in the Alice Cooper show that was satanic or anti-Christian. Thor Christensen, Dallas News, 21 Aug. 2023 The smoke, driven out to sea by the satanic Santa Ana winds, could be seen from the International Space Station. Todd Robinson, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Aug. 2023 Fringe conspiracy theories and viral misinformation campaigns about the concert ran rampant after the festival and claimed that Scott — who founded and performed at the music festival — orchestrated it as a massive satanic ritual. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2023 The movie is set entirely at night, allowing cinematographer Steve Holleran (Missing) to slap on lots of red filters that channel the satanic fury of Cage’s off-the-wall creation. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1544, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of satanic was in 1544

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“Satanic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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