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

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satanist \ ˈsā-​tə-​nist \ noun often capitalized

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By the time panic around satanism subsided in the early 90s, about 190 people nationwide had been charged with the ritual abuse of children, often those who worked in child day care. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "News / Paranormal / Religion Chicago police ‘satanic panic’ document from the 80s goes viral," 8 May 2018 The satanic panic crested in 1988, when talk-show gadfly Geraldo Rivera aired Exposing Satan's Underground, a two-hour exposé on the dangers of satanism. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "News / Paranormal / Religion Chicago police ‘satanic panic’ document from the 80s goes viral," 8 May 2018 An upside-down star inside a circle is widely believed to represent evil or satanism. Ken Brown, Cincinnati.com, "'Have some respect for people': Satanic symbol drawn on cemetery grounds," 2 May 2018 In the early days of the investigation, clues were sparse, rumors were rampant and fear of satanism spread through the community of around 400. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Beyond ‘Satanic Panic’: Agent has theory on 30-year mystery of missing Kansas teen | The Kansas City Star," 8 Apr. 2018 Some community members accused Randy’s peers of practicing satanism. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Beyond ‘Satanic Panic’: Agent has theory on 30-year mystery of missing Kansas teen | The Kansas City Star," 8 Apr. 2018 The panel also heard allegations of satanism from an employee with Beyer & Beitel Mortuary Services, which embalmed Julie Mott for Mission Park. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, "Couple get $8 million for loss of daughter’s body from San Antonio funeral home," 13 Feb. 2018 The owner of a mortuary services company tied to a funeral home where a body disappeared in 2015 defended one of his employees Wednesday when allegations of satanism emerged in a civil trial. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, "Employer defends worker after satanism alleged in San Antonio missing body trial," 7 Feb. 2018 Black metal is a type of heavy metal music, interested in rejecting Christianity by focusing on satanism, pagan gods and Norse mythology, that came out of Scandinavia in the late 1980s. Lizzy Acker, OregonLive.com, "Jeremy Christian's vocabulary and related ideas, explained," 10 June 2017

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First Known Use of satanism

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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satanism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of satanism

: worship of the Devil

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