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Satanism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Satanism a belief in and reverence for devils (especially Satan)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1991 Procter & Gamble won a $75,000 lawsuit against James & Linda Newton who were found responsible for spreading rumors that the company supported the Church of Satan. The two were distributors of Amway Products, a competitor of Proctor & Gamble.
    • n Satanism The evil and malicious disposition of Satan; a diabolical spirit.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The words silent and listen have the same letters. Santa and Satan do too.
    • n Satanism The evil and malicious disposition of Satan; a diabolical spirit, doctrine, or contrivance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Satanism the devilish disposition
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Quotations

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    “There is an election going on all the time... the Lord votes for you and Satan votes against you, and you must cast the deciding vote.”
  • William Cowper
    William%20Cowper
    “Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon their knees.”
  • Harold Lindsell
    Harold Lindsell
    “Satan is neither omnipotent nor free to do everything he pleases. Prince of the world he may be, but the Prince of Peace has come and dealt him a death blow.”
  • Alexander Pope
    Alexander%20Pope
    “Satan is wiser now than before, and tempts by making rich instead of poor.”
  • Isaac Watts
    Isaac Watts
    “For Satan finds some mischief still For idle hands to do.”
  • Francis Picabia
    Francis%20Picabia
    “God invented concubinage, Satan marriage.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. Sathan, Sathanas—Low L. Satan, Satanas—Heb. sātān, enemy—sātan, to be adverse.

Usage

In literature:

It was plain enough to the eye, but 'tis likely they lied, for they were all spawns of Satan.
"Prisoners of Chance" by Randall Parrish
Verily, Satan hath manifested himself at the head of our enemies; the colonies were never in such peril as now.
"Giles Corey, Yeoman" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The realm of darkness, Satan's realm, stands opposed to the realm of Christ.
"The Excellence of the Rosary" by M. J. Frings
Then began they to believe that man's body was the property of Satan, and his soul only the property of God.
"Westminster Sermons with a Preface" by Charles Kingsley
They assume the leadership of evil in the world and are the seven arms of Satan.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
But if God tries us, it is to make us better; and if Satan tries us, it is to make us worse.
"The Good Shepherd" by Anonymous
Satan can put on the appearance of an 'angel of light.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
He was as black as charcoal; he was named Satan, and richly did he deserve the name.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 435" by Various
Satan streaked by and disappeared into the tangle.
"Ralestone Luck" by Andre Norton
Can Satan cast out Satan?
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
This was the cult of Satanism, or black magic.
"Secret Societies And Subversive Movements" by Nesta H. Webster
He is possessed by Satan himself.
"Men Called Him Master" by Elwyn Allen Smith
But it is terrible work to get into Satan's sieve.
"The Great Commission" by C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
When Satan has exhausted his power, then God begins to show Himself.
"Notes on the book of Exodus" by C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
If we are feeding upon God's reality, we shall unhesitatingly reject Satan's counterfeit.
"Notes on the Book of Leviticus" by C. H. Mackintosh
Frequently, also, Satan appeared under the form of a goat.
"Fiends, Ghosts, and Sprites" by John Nettin Radcliffe
Well, Satan is such an octopus.
"The Quest" by Frederik van Eeden
Had the design of Art been to represent the theological theory, Satan would have been portrayed in a fascinating form.
"Demonology and Devil-lore" by Moncure Daniel Conway
So Satan, being a philosopher in his way, determined to make the best of a bad job.
"Legends of Longdendale" by Thomas Middleton
SOLOMON AND THE SATANS.
"Solomon and Solomonic Literature" by Moncure Daniel Conway
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In poetry:

'Tis love that makes our cheerful feet
In swift obedience move;
The devils know and tremble too,
But Satan cannot love.
"Hymn 38" by Isaac Watts
In spite of unbelief and pride,
And self, and Satan's art;
The gates of brass fly open wide,
And Jesus wins the heart.
"The Heart Taken" by John Newton
Satan may vent his sharpest spite,
And all his legions roar;
Almighty mercy guards my life,
And bounds his raging power.
"Hymn 82" by Isaac Watts
Yea, let the horde of Satan come—
They come to feel and see
How strong within the sight of God
His faithful few can be.
"Cameron's Stone" by Alexander Anderson
Today he rose and left the dead,
And Satan's empire fell;
Today the saints his triumphs spread,
And all his wonders tell.
"Psalm 118 part 4" by Isaac Watts
How would I run in thy commands,
If thou my heart discharge
From sin and Satan's hateful chains,
And set my feet at large!
"Psalm 119 part 15" by Isaac Watts

In news:

That summer of 1985, when all those college girls were killed by a satanic cult.
Spider-hunter seeks 'spawn of Satan'.
(I pray to Satan/Skrillex that there will be Tiesto Euro-trance Spanx.
The wide-open beaver of nashville / black change satan is real again.
McAllen residents concerned about 'Satanic' worship on vacant lot .
Is Rick Perry's Sleep Apnea the Work of Satan.
If You Play 'Stairway to Heaven' in Reverse, You Hear Satanic Messages.
However, like fewer of them, she arrives on our shores with a ringing endorsement from Satan.
Page's obsession with Aleister Crowley led to whispers that he and Satan were tight.
Citigroup Chairman Calls Bailout Furor ' Satanic .
Mugabe calls British PM " satanic " over gay rights.
Robert Mugabe, known for his regular rants about homosexuality, called David Cameron " satanic " for threatening to withhold British aid to countries that don't respect gay rights.
And so does Satan, according to Santorum.
If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age.
The college-educated elites, he noted, were "the first to fall" to Satan .
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In science:

The satanic notations: counting classes beyond #P and other definitional adventures.
Complexity of Non-Monotonic Logics
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