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diabolic

Definitions

  • CARTOON ILLUSTRATING FRANKLIN'S DIABOLICAL SCALP STORY
    CARTOON ILLUSTRATING FRANKLIN'S DIABOLICAL SCALP STORY
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj diabolic 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"
    • adj diabolic 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Diabolic extremely evil or cruel; atrocious; outrageously wicked; as, diabolical sorcerers under the influence of devils; diabolical torturers taking pleasure in their craft.
    • Diabolic Pertaining to the devil; resembling, or appropriate, or appropriate to, the devil; befitting hell or satan; devilish; infernal; impious; as, a diabolic or diabolical temper or act; the diabolical expression on his face; fires lit up a diabolic scene. "Diabolic power.""The diabolical institution."
    • Diabolic showing a wicked cunning or ingenuity; as, the cold calculation and diabolic art of some statesmen.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • diabolic Pertaining to the devil; partaking of the qualities of the devil; devilish; hence, infernal; Impious; atrocious; outrageously wicked: as, a diabolic plot; a diabolical temper.
    • diabolic Synonyms See list under devilish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Diabolic dī-a-bol′ik devilish
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Quotations

  • A. E. Housman
    A. E. Housman
    “In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich%20Nietzsche
    “In every ascetic morality man worships a part of himself as God and for that he needs to diabolize the other part.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. diabolicus, Gr. devilish, slanderous: cf. F. diabolique,. See Devil
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. diabolikos, diabolos, the devil. See Devil.

Usage

In literature:

Some survive these diabolical expedients of injustice, but the issue is uniformly slavery.
"Observations Upon The Windward Coast Of Africa" by Joseph Corry
And Langholm grinned with set teeth as he turned back to this passage: he would be diabolically safe.
"The Shadow of the Rope" by E. W. Hornung
Gesture, look, and all, expressed diabolical fury.
"J.S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 5" by J.S. Le Fanu
The Chinese, as to diabolical possession, are precisely of the same opinion as the inspired authors of the Gospels.
"The Book of Dreams and Ghosts" by Andrew Lang
Religion welcomes them as miracles divine or diabolical.
"Cock Lane and Common-Sense" by Andrew Lang
The shadows, managed with diabolical art, allowed nothing to be seen but the general effect of the face.
"Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories" by Edited by Julian Hawthorne
This diabolical little mitrailleuse would not be pleasant to look upon as it ground out grim death in such a matter-of-fact way.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 15, No. 90, June, 1875" by Various
Hatching succession apostolical, With other falsehoods diabolical.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)" by Frederic G. Kenyon
But they need not necessarily act to a diabolical end.
"The Art Of The Moving Picture" by Vachel Lindsay
The number of delinquents, however, and their magical devices, were not more remarkable than their diabolical obstinacy.
"Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete" by Washington Irving
Was this all part of a preconcerted and diabolical plot against her happiness?
"In the Days of Chivalry" by Evelyn Everett-Green
You would win, and if you happened to win much, I should be in a diabolical scrape.
"Don Orsino" by F. Marion Crawford
I was soon being initiated into Ordnance accounts, which are things of the most diabolical complexity.
"In the Ranks of the C.I.V." by Erskine Childers
WHAT CAME OF THE DIABOLICAL DELECTATION.
"Droll Stories, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
Why did it give the woman such diabolical pleasure to be seen there with him?
"The Captain's Toll-Gate" by Frank R. Stockton
The diabolical spirit of the Council of Constance never could unite us, but the Christian Catholic spirit of Jan Huss united us.
"The Religious Spirit of the Slavs (1916)" by Nikolai Velimirovic
There was something almost diabolic in the beauty, the fascination, the cleverness, of the man.
"Tom Tufton's Travels" by Evelyn Everett-Green
What fatal, diabolical causes hindered your life from blossoming into full flower?
"The Lady With The Dog and Other Stories" by Anton Chekhov
Their device was diabolical wisdom.
"Sketches of the Covenanters" by J. C. McFeeters
It is the diabolical element of dualistic consciousness in the sphere of eroticism.
"The Evolution of Love" by Emil Lucka
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In poetry:

Dark the sea was: but I saw him,
One great head with goggle eyes,
Like a diabolic cherub
Flying in those fallen skies.
"The Fish" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
I spoke—I know not what—and lo!
The diabolic birth
’Gan wildly writhing to and fro
As if in ghostly mirth
And then against me rushing so,
It dashed me to the earth!
"Ned Connor" by Charles Harpur

In news:

The most diabolical villain in movies this year takes you into his confidence in the opening minutes of Bart Layton's documentary The Imposter.
Halloween is harmful to civil society because it encourages "diabolical" behavior, according to a group of Catholic bishops in Poland.
Daily puzzles from easy to diabolical -- are you a Sudoku master.
"It's not diabolical, he's not trying to pull one over on anyone," Cooper said.
A man who may in fact be a diabolical genius.
But for one evening each year one little slice of time he's downright diabolical.
The most diabolical villain in movies this year takes you into his confidence in the opening minutes of Bart Layton's documentary The Imposter .
The 6am American Airlines flight from SFO is delayed two hours, gobbling up my layover and forcing me to trot a mile, lugging luggage, through the diabolical labyrinth that is Miami Airport.
Thirteen years later, he has only grown more diabolical.
It's the hilarious mind-bending adventure that challenges you to use wits over weaponry in a funhouse of diabolical science.
I love this proposal, how clever and diabolical.
My friend Hanna Rosin has such a deliciously subversive piece in the latest Atlantic that I've spent days over my witch's cauldron of a laptop diabolically trying to figure out which plums to excerpt for maximum outrage.
Lindsay Lohan concocted a diabolical, fraudulent plan to defraud an L.A.
Puzzles range from easy to diabolical in level of difficulty, and answers for a puzzle are posted the following day.
Whatever strategy we develop, we need to fully support our intelligence communities to keep tabs on these terrorists ' diabolical planning.
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In science:

We consider the geometric phase and quantum tunneling in vicinity of diabolic and exceptional points.
Complex magnetic monopoles, geometric phases and quantum evolution in vicinity of diabolic and exceptional points
Since for generic Hermitian Hamiltonian the codimension of the diabolic point is three, it can be characterized by three parameters R = (X, Y, Z ).
Complex magnetic monopoles, geometric phases and quantum evolution in vicinity of diabolic and exceptional points
The eigenstates |n, Ri give rise to the Berry’s connection defined by An (R) = ihn, R|∇R |n, Ri, and the curvature Bn = ∇R × An associated with An is the field strength of ‘magnetic’ monopole located at the diabolic point [1, 10].
Complex magnetic monopoles, geometric phases and quantum evolution in vicinity of diabolic and exceptional points
In opposition to the diabolic point, at which the eigenvalues coincide while the eigenvectors still remain distinct, an exceptional point occurs when the eigenvalues and eigenvectors coalesce.
Complex magnetic monopoles, geometric phases and quantum evolution in vicinity of diabolic and exceptional points
Similar conclusion is valid for the diabolic point, excepting that at the diabolic point the eigenvectors remain distinct.
Complex magnetic monopoles, geometric phases and quantum evolution in vicinity of diabolic and exceptional points
The eigenvalues coalescence at the point R = 0, that yields the diabolic point if X = Y = Z = 0, and the exceptional point otherwise.
Complex magnetic monopoles, geometric phases and quantum evolution in vicinity of diabolic and exceptional points
This restriction is violated nearby the degeneracies related to any of diabolic point or exceptional point, where the eigenvalues coalesce.
Complex magnetic monopoles, geometric phases and quantum evolution in vicinity of diabolic and exceptional points
In particular case of SO(3) symmetry the related degeneracy is referred as the diabolic point, and the formula (48) reproduces the classical Berry result on two-fold degeneracy in parameter space .
Complex magnetic monopoles, geometric phases and quantum evolution in vicinity of diabolic and exceptional points
In addition, the exceptional point is represented by the double cone with the apex at the origin of coordinates, and the diabolic point is just located at the origin of coordinates.
Complex magnetic monopoles, geometric phases and quantum evolution in vicinity of diabolic and exceptional points
In what follows we consider the behavior of the geometric phase γ near the critical points, starting with the diabolic point.
Complex magnetic monopoles, geometric phases and quantum evolution in vicinity of diabolic and exceptional points
It follows that the geometric phase behaves as the step-function near the diabolic point, and at the diabolic point one has the discontinuity of γ with the gap of 2π (Fig. 5).
Complex magnetic monopoles, geometric phases and quantum evolution in vicinity of diabolic and exceptional points
Left panel: real part of geometric phase, ℜγ vs ρ and z = ∆ − ω, in the vicinity of the diabolic point given by ρ = z = 0 (δ = 0).
Complex magnetic monopoles, geometric phases and quantum evolution in vicinity of diabolic and exceptional points
In the present paper we considered the geometric phase and quantum tunneling in vicinity of diabolic and exceptional points.
Complex magnetic monopoles, geometric phases and quantum evolution in vicinity of diabolic and exceptional points
Unfolding a diabolic point: a generalized crossing scenario. J.
Complex magnetic monopoles, geometric phases and quantum evolution in vicinity of diabolic and exceptional points
Diabolical points in the spectra of triangles.
Complex magnetic monopoles, geometric phases and quantum evolution in vicinity of diabolic and exceptional points
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