Definition: diabolic; devilish; fiendish
Definition: diabolic; devilish; fiendish
Sentences Containing 'diabolical'
It not only divides states and churches, it divides families; ay, it divides the individual, separating the diabolical in him from the divine.
Happy the blest ages that knew not the dread fury of those devilish engines of artillery, whose inventor I am persuaded is in hell receiving the reward of his diabolical invention, by which he made it easy for a base and cowardly arm to take the life of a gallant gentleman; and that, when he knows not how or whence, in the height of the ardour and enthusiasm that fire and animate brave hearts, there should come some random bullet, discharged perhaps by one who fled in terror at the flash when he fired off his accursed machine, which in an instant puts an end to the projects and cuts off the life of one who deserved to live for ages to come.
We may therefore believe, without any hesitation, that since, as you say, sir knight, everything in this castle goes and is brought about by means of enchantment, Sancho, I say, may possibly have seen, through this diabolical medium, what he says he saw so much to the detriment of my modesty."
I do not doubt that she had a choice pleasure in exhibiting what she called her self-command, and her firmness, and her strength of mind, and her common sense, and the whole diabolical catalogue of her unamiable qualities, on such an occasion.
This was the proximate cause, I suppose, of my dreaming about him, for what appeared to me to be half the night; and dreaming, among other things, that he had launched Mr. Peggotty's house on a piratical expedition, with a black flag at the masthead, bearing the inscription 'Tidd's Practice', under which diabolical ensign he was carrying me and little Em'ly to the Spanish Main, to be drowned.
In whatever capacity you ask after my employer, I beg, without offence to you, to limit my reply to this--that whatever his state of health may be, his appearance is foxy: not to say diabolical.
This was strangely heightened at times by the ragged Elijah's diabolical incoherences uninvitedly recurring to me, with a subtle energy I could not have before conceived of.
It not only divided States and churches, it divides families; ay, it divides the _individual_, separating the diabolical in him from the divine.
According to Christopher Maurer, editor of "In Search of Duende", at least four elements can be isolated in Lorca's vision of duende: irrationality, earthiness, a heightened awareness of death, and a dash of the diabolical. The duende is an earth spirit who helps the artist see the limitations of intelligence, reminding them that "ants could eat him or that a great arsenic lobster could fall suddenly on his head"; who brings the artist face-to-face with death, and who helps them create and communicate memorable, spine-chilling art.
Gianfrancesco Ponzinibio (1520), extended this argument to deny the reality of all diabolical witchcraft. Reginald Scot (1584), believed in witchcraft but opposed the common understanding of witches as delusion and theological error.
The link between finance and the diabolical is also drawn by another Fleming, Jan Matsys, in his portrayal of the man of affairs being assisted in his double bookkeeping by a demon.
J.R. Ewing is a fictional character that William K. Stevens of "The New York Times" described as "the nastiest man on television, the Iago of Texas oilmen, the smiling snake of a star of Friday night TV's "Dallas," a man so venal, so low, so mean, so diabolical that he has become an absolute delight to an estimated quarter of a billion viewers around the globe."
In pursuing her mission, Mrs. Pollifax embarks on a wild ride, matching wits with a diabolical double agent, traveling with Gypsies, and again surviving imprisonment.
Without discussing details, Walsh issued a brief statement calling the story "a diabolical lie" and demanding a full investigation.
It concluded its coverage: "The known facts made only one thing indisputable: either a serious scandal was being hushed up or a really diabolical libel had been perpetrated."
Hair publicly stated that he wouldn't hesitate to call Murali for throwing again, given the opportunity, and considered his bowling action "diabolical".
"We know but little of her except that she was beautiful;" she "rivaled her mother in beauty, but was far unlike her in every other respect." As the Duchess of Cleveland was known for her diabolical nature, the implication here is that Charlotte was a sweet-tempered and pleasing person; one memoirist attests to that assumption, describing Lady Lichfield as "a very good and virtuous lady."
It also arranges for Blackthorne Shore to be released from prison along with his cellmate, the diabolical "Dr. Herman Manglar", who has the fatal misfortune of encountering a pool of haphazardly discarded toxic waste during their swampy escape.
What it's called, 'The Most Diabolical Murders of Our Time' is currently being shot in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) where it all took place.
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quizzical - curious; suggesting puzzlement (without saying); questioning; teasing; mocking; bantering; Ex. quizzical glance
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unassuming - modest; Ex. the champion's unassuming manner
presentiment - premonition; foreboding; feeling something will happen; anticipatory fear
parody - humorous imitation; spoof; takeoff; travesty; V.
vapid - lacking liveliness; dull and unimaginative; insipid and flavorless; Ex. vapid lecture
matrimony - state of being married
acclivity - sharp upslope of a hill; OP. declivity