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di·a·bol·i·cal

 (dī′ə-bŏl′ĭ-kəl) also di·a·bol·ic (-ĭk)
adj.
1. Of, concerning, or characteristic of the devil; satanic.
2. Appropriate to a devil, especially in degree of wickedness or cruelty.

[From Middle English deabolik, from Old French diabolique, from Late Latin diabolicus, from Latin diabolus, devil; see devil.]

di′a·bol′i·cal·ly adv.
di′a·bol′i·cal·ness n.

diabolical

(ˌdaɪəˈbɒlɪkəl)
adj
1. excruciatingly bad; outrageous
2. (intensifier): a diabolical liberty.
ˌdiaˈbolically adv
ˌdiaˈbolicalness n
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.diabolical - showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devildiabolical - showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil; "devilish schemes"; "the cold calculation and diabolic art of some statesmen"; "the diabolical expression on his face"; "a mephistophelian glint in his eye"
evil - morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"
2.diabolical - extremely evil or crueldiabolical - extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell; "something demonic in him--something that could be cruel"; "fires lit up a diabolic scene"; "diabolical sorcerers under the influence of devils"; "a fiendish despot"; "hellish torture"; "infernal instruments of war"; "satanic cruelty"; "unholy grimaces"
evil - morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"

diabolical

adjective
1. (Informal) dreadful, shocking, terrible, appalling, nasty, tricky, unpleasant, outrageous, vile, excruciating, atrocious, abysmal, damnable the diabolical treatment of their prisoners
2. wicked, cruel, savage, monstrous, malicious, satanic, from hell (informal), malignant, unspeakable, inhuman, implacable, malevolent, hellish, devilish, infernal, fiendish, ungodly, black-hearted, demoniac, hellacious (U.S. slang) sins committed in a spirit of diabolical enjoyment

diabolical

adjective
Perversely bad, cruel, or wicked:
Translations

diabolical

[ˌdaɪəˈbɒlɪkəl] ADJ
1. (= devilish) [laughter, plan, plot] → diabólico
2. (= very bad) → horrendo
it's a diabolical liberty!¡es un descaro intolerable!

diabolical

[ˌdaɪəˈbɒlɪkəl] adj
(= evil) [act] → diabolique
(= awful) → minable

diabolical

[ˌdaɪəˈbɒlɪkl] adj (fam) (dreadful) → infernale, atroce; (incredible) → incredibile; (satanic) → diabolico/a
References in classic literature ?
These led them to execute every diabolical scheme; and, on the fifteenth day of August, commanded a party of Indians and Canadians, of about five hundred in number, against Briant's station, five miles from Lexington.
This diabolical agent had the Divine permission, for a season, to burrow into the clergyman's intimacy, and plot against his soul.
This was strangely heightened at times by the ragged Elijah's diabolical incoherences uninvitedly recurring to me, with a subtle energy I could not have before conceived of.
All of this might seem diabolical, but the saloon-keeper was in no wise to blame for it.
laughed both the sooty wretches; and the diabolical sounds seemed, in truth, a not unapt expression of the fiendish character which Legree gave them.
It not only divided States and churches, it divides families; ay, it divides the individual, separating the diabolical in him from the divine.
Let it never be forgotten, that no slaveholder or overseer can be convicted of any outrage perpetrated on the person of a slave, however diabolical it may be, on the testimony of colored witnesses, whether bond or free.
I do not know," said he, after a pause of expectation on her side, and thoughtfulness on his own,--"how YOU may have accounted for my behaviour to your sister, or what diabolical motive you may have imputed to me.
he interrupted, with an almost diabolical sneer on his face.
I do not doubt that she had a choice pleasure in exhibiting what she called her self-command, and her firmness, and her strength of mind, and her common sense, and the whole diabolical catalogue of her unamiable qualities, on such an occasion.
Never mind me, Mum, returned that diabolical corn-chandler.
If the curses he muttered half aloud when he was alone had had no other object than Dunstan's diabolical cunning, he might have shrunk less from the consequences of avowal.