What does diabolism mean?

diabolism meaning in General Dictionary

Character action or concepts recommended toward devil

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  • a belief in and reverence for devils (especially Satan)
  • Character, action, or concepts appropriate on devil.
  • Possession because of the devil.

diabolism meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1600s, from Ecclesiastical Greek diabolos "devil" (view devil (letter.)) + -ism.

diabolism meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) Character, action, or maxims correct on devil.

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  • (n.) Possession by the devil.

Sentence Examples with the word diabolism

Though amid all the smoking horror and diabolism of a sea-fight, sharks will be seen longingly gazing up to the ship's decks, like hungry dogs round a table where red meat is being carved, ready to bolt down every killed man that is tossed to them; and though, while the valiant butchers over the deck-table are thus cannibally carving each other's live meat with carving-knives all gilded and tasselled, the sharks, also, with their jewel-hilted mouths, are quarrelsomely carving away under the table at the dead meat; and though, were you to turn the whole affair upside down, it would still be pretty much the same thing, that is to say, a shocking sharkish business enough for all parties; and though sharks also are the invariable outriders of all slave ships crossing the Atlantic, systematically trotting alongside, to be handy in case a parcel is to be carried anywhere, or a dead slave to be decently buried; and though one or two other like instances might be set down, touching the set terms, places, and occasions, when sharks do most socially congregate, and most hilariously feast; yet is there no conceivable time or occasion when you will find them in such countless numbers, and in gayer or more jovial spirits, than around a dead sperm whale, moored by night to a whaleship at sea.

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