noun, often capitalized
sa·​tan·​ism | \ ˈsā-tə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce satanism (audio) \

Definition of satanism

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

Other Words from satanism

satanist \ ˈsā-​tə-​nist How to pronounce satanism (audio) \ noun, often capitalized

Examples of satanism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Melzer is not the first American soldier charged with plotting crimes inspired by satanism. Ali Winston, Rolling Stone, 5 June 2022 In the daily diet of propaganda that Russia feeds its citizens, Ukrainians are Nazis, Russian soldiers are liberators, Americans are schemers and Ukrainian forces are practitioners of satanism. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, 8 May 2022 Tweets mentioning satanism more than tripled from Nov. 7 through Nov. 9 compared with the prior three-day period, according to the Storyful analysis. Neil Shah, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021 At first Day plays up the satanism angle and his interviews with several of the detectives who were on the case nudge the viewer in that direction., 13 May 2021 Some consumers mistook the collaboration as Nike’s endorsement of satanism, the Monday lawsuit said, and boycotted the company as a result. Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2021 The model determines the main layers of the narrative – in the case of Pizzagate, Democratic politics, the Podesta brothers, casual dining, satanism and WikiLeaks – and how the layers come together to form the narrative as a whole. Timothy R. Tangherlini, The Conversation, 13 Nov. 2020 The slogan is not specific to Gaga, who only joined in campaign efforts on Nov. 2, and cannot prove that the star is a involved with satanism. Devon Link, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2020 Trump on Wednesday praised a conspiracy-theory group that believes the president's political opponents support satanism and pedophilia. Steve Peoples, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of satanism

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Satanism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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