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diabolical

Definitions

  • CARTOON ILLUSTRATING FRANKLIN'S DIABOLICAL SCALP STORY
    CARTOON ILLUSTRATING FRANKLIN'S DIABOLICAL SCALP STORY
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj diabolical 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 diabolical 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
    • Diabolical extremely evil or cruel; atrocious; outrageously wicked; as, diabolical sorcerers under the influence of devils; diabolical torturers taking pleasure in their craft.
    • Diabolical 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."
    • Diabolical showing a wicked cunning or ingenuity; as, the cold calculation and diabolic art of some statesmen.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Diabolical dī-a-bol′ikal 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
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    “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:

His ordinary voice was hoarse and gusty, and his smile diabolical.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 2 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
This diabolical atrocity was committed in the state of Kentucky, in the year 1807.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
His ordinary voice was hoarse and gusty, and his smile diabolical.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
But their distinctions are not diabolical.
"What is Coming?" by H. G. Wells
I could however perceive that one of them was the diabolical Gines.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
Is it not a diabolical premium on iniquity, that the fruit of sin can be sold for the benefit of the sinner?
"Lands of the Slave and the Free" by Henry A. Murray
Chase, we can't escape the diabolical scheme he has arranged.
"The Man From Brodney's" by George Barr McCutcheon
Think of the holocausts of human lives, and all the attendant agony of which his diabolical invention has been the cause!
"Vanishing Roads and Other Essays" by Richard Le Gallienne
The whole thing was so unreal, so unnatural, so suggestive of some diabolical wizardry.
"The Uttermost Farthing" by R. Austin Freeman
Upon his face was a diabolical grin.
"A Bicycle of Cathay" by Frank R. Stockton
Could anything be more diabolically attractive?
"The Reason Why" by Elinor Glyn
What did that diabolical female know, really?
"The Moon Rock" by Arthur J. Rees
I am charged with diabolical malice; I am accused of the murder of my wife and my children!
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 6" by Various
In that moment he felt as rich as a king, and as diabolical as Satan himself.
"Mischievous Maid Faynie" by Laura Jean Libbey
They set themselves to weave a romance as weird, as diabolical, as their perverted ingenuity could suggest.
"The Siege of Kimberley" by T. Phelan
There was something diabolical in the merriment of the wild man who, they knew, was making the hideous sounds.
"The Boy Inventors' Radio Telephone" by Richard Bonner
The boat seemed to be endowed with diabolical intelligence that night.
"A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee"" by Russell Doubleday
His correctness is diabolical.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
The enormous inroads on the world's shipping made by German submarines during the war shows the efficiency of this diabolical device.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
They will take them for one of the diabolical inventions of which secondary personalities are capable.
"Mrs. Piper & the Society for Psychical Research" by Michael Sage
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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:

Who know all about back-room deals and the oft-diabolical influences of special interests and money.
There was something rational about the 20th century, even at its most diabolical, maybe because so much of its madness was about ideology, which pretends to a kind of rationality.
A diabolically stilted dialogue and some patchy performances trip up the new Geffen Playhouse work, although its striking design and effective music are standouts.
Ghosts haunt Savannah's 'most diabolical crime'.
Diabolical Turns Up Heat in Vanderbilt Win.
Diabolical gets back on track with Vanderbilt win.
In this sly sendup, Goldilocks (who could be a cousin of Knuffle Bunny's Trixie) ventures into the home of three diabolical dinosaurs.
ProPublica Humdinger on a Diabolical CDO Scheme.
The diabolically clever science-fiction film Limitless begins with Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper), a wannabe New York writer who's been creatively blocked for several years.
During an interview with THR at the D23 Expo, the "Thor" actor explains his character's revival and diabolical plan.
Perhaps Michael Lohman was an even more diabolical operator than we thought.
Sorry, I've got to take this call: Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan are two innocents taking orders from a diabolical mechanical voice.
But even a diabolical auteur gets hungry.
The island's most famous inhabitant is under attack by a diabolical disease.
It will take a lot to replace the diabolically clever Oren Tanzer at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area's Unbound Terrain parks, but Josh Chauver is ready to give it a try.
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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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