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Meaning & Definition of Diabolical in English

English

Diabolical

/daɪəbɑlɪkəl/

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • devilish
  • ,
  • diabolic
  • ,
  • diabolical
  • ,
  • mephistophelian
  • ,
  • mephistophelean

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • demonic
  • ,
  • diabolic
  • ,
  • diabolical
  • ,
  • fiendish
  • ,
  • hellish
  • ,
  • infernal
  • ,
  • satanic
  • ,
  • unholy