satanism

noun, often capitalized sa·tan·ism \ ˈsā-tə-ˌni-zəm \

Definition of satanism

1 :innate wickedness
2 :obsession with or affinity for evil; specifically :worship of Satan marked by the travesty of Christian rites

satanist

play \ˈsā-tə-nist\ noun, often capitalized

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First Known Use of satanism

1565


SATANISM Defined for English Language Learners

satanism

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Definition of satanism for English Language Learners

  • : worship of the Devil



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