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1. Dealings with or worship of the devil or demons.
2. Devilish conduct or character.

di·ab′o·list n.


1. (Other Non-Christian Religions)
a. activities designed to enlist the aid of devils, esp in witchcraft or sorcery
b. worship of devils or beliefs and teachings concerning them
c. the nature of devils
2. character or conduct that is devilish or fiendish; devilry
diˈabolist n


(daɪˈæb əˌlɪz əm)

1. action aided or caused by the devil; sorcery; witchcraft.
2. the character or condition of a devil.
3. belief in or worship of devils.
4. evil action; deviltry.
di•ab′o•list, n.


1. belief in or worship of the devil.
2. Theology. an action aided or prompted by the devil; sorcery; witchcraft. — diabolist, n.
See also: Devil
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.diabolism - a belief in and reverence for devils (especially Satan)
black art, black magic, necromancy, sorcery - the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world
References in classic literature ?
There was no freak in dress too crazy to be indulged in; no absurdity too absurd to be tolerated; no frenzy in ragged diabolism too fantastic to be attempted.
Less swart in aspect, the companions of this figure were of that vivid, tiger-yellow complexion peculiar to some of the aboriginal natives of the Manillas; --a race notorious for a certain diabolism of subtilty, and by some honest white mariners supposed to be the paid spies and secret confidential agents on the water of the devil, their lord, whose counting-room they suppose to be elsewhere.
Recent scholarship has adduced convincing evidence that, underlying the late-medieval and early-modern discourse on witchcraft and diabolism, there lay not only popular folkloric and religious beliefs, but also real practical activities by which individuals made manifest their malicious intent toward others, and subjective phenomena including experiences of interaction with supernatural entities--some of which were interpreted, either ad hoc or retrospectively, as the Christian Devil.
Sophie Mantrant considers that the themes of evil and diabolism are pervasive in Arthur Machen's writings, so that he is often associated with Decadence, though Machen himself was interested in the expression of the inexpressible mysteries.
The supernatural omnibus, being a collection of stories of apparitions, witchcraft, werewolves, diabolism, necromancy, satanism, divination, sorcery, goety, voodoo, possession, occult, doom and destiny.
Looking at the mixed child, all Lucius can see is resemblance to the black father ('this growing image of thy fiendlike face'), a resemblance primarily located in skin tone, since references to diabolism on stage in relation to African characters usually hinge on an imagined commonality of blackness between Africans and devils.
Findlay calls "the androgynous diabolism of the 'fin de siecle'" (227), and says that it is "a symbol of vice, particularly of cerebral lechery, demoniality, onanism, homosexuality, sadism and masochism" (Findlay 227).
The "Three Hills" crone is joined by Hawthorne's other elderly female "witches," whose characters also satirically call out the enduring, superstitious associations of older women with diabolism, and who, like Hera, challenge patriarchal power structures more broadly.
Melville's association of sharks with the devils of the Last Judgment, which follows hard on his association of sharks with naval warfare--clustering around "the smoking horror and diabolism of a sea fight .
The character of the Conjurer conjures up the young Chesterton, who in the Autobiography describes the dangers of diabolism, which he, like his dramatic counterpart, narrowly escaped: "I am not proud of knowing the Devil.
Raymond Davis diabolism, May 2, Abotababad episode, Sallala check- post air raid and drones attacks; whether it is a strangulation or strategic cooperation?
And if one is familiar with Nabokov's novels, it becomes fairly obvious that there was a kinship between his chess and his writing, as we can gather from the following remarks he made on his composing chess problems in exile: "Deceit to the point of diabolism, and originality, verging upon the grotesque, were my notions of strategy; .