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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 ?
Whether the captain acted by this maxim, I will not positively determine: so far we may confidently say, that his actions may be fairly derived from this diabolical principle; and indeed it is difficult to assign any other motive to them: for no sooner was he possessed of Miss Bridget, and reconciled to Allworthy, than he began to show a coldness to his brother which increased daily; till at length it grew into rudeness, and became very visible to every one.
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.
Happy the blest ages that knew not the dread fury of those devilish engines of artillery, whose inventor I am persuaded is in hell receiving the reward of his diabolical invention, by which he made it easy for a base and cowardly arm to take the life of a gallant gentleman; and that, when he knows not how or whence, in the height of the ardour and enthusiasm that fire and animate brave hearts, there should come some random bullet, discharged perhaps by one who fled in terror at the flash when he fired off his accursed machine, which in an instant puts an end to the projects and cuts off the life of one who deserved to live for ages to come.
Now therefore the artful Irregular whom I described above as the real author of this diabolical Bill, determined at one blow to lower the status of the Hierarchy by forcing them to submit to the pollution of Colour, and at the same time to destroy their domestic opportunities of training in the Art of Sight Recognition, so as to enfeeble their intellects by depriving them of their pure and colourless homes.
I pitched badly twice in an upward rush--solely due to these diabolical throw-downs--that came near to wrecking my propeller.
laughed both the sooty wretches; and the diabolical sounds seemed, in truth, a not unapt expression of the fiendish character which Legree gave them.
The King, although he had been surprised and astonished at the way his commands had been carried out, was very vexed that the stranger should escape with his life, and turning to the two brothers he said, 'He has certainly accomplished the first task, with the aid no doubt of his diabolical magic; but what shall we give him to do now?
The original hound was material enough to tug a man's throat out, and yet he was diabolical as well.
At the best of times his face has not a gentle expression; but when it was screwed up like that it was almost diabolical.
Everything being thus mapped out with almost diabolical cunning, the main body of the redskins folded their blankets around them, and in the phlegmatic manner that is to them, the pearl of manhood squatted above the children's home, awaiting the cold moment when they should deal pale death.
He returned the glance with a lightning-like look of diabolical fierceness, and, turning round, stood upon the curbstone and called a hansom.
Toddy was so nicknamed because of his diabolical cleverness in concocting toddies.