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Definition of "diablerie" [dia•ble•rie]

  • Sorcery; witchcraft. (noun)
  • Representation of devils or demons, as in paintings or fiction. (noun)
  • Devilish conduct; deviltry. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "diablerie" in a sentence
  • "It knows how to respond to the "diablerie" of the abysses with a reciprocal gesture."
  • "Nay, touch me, and see whether I am not of sinful Scots flesh and blood "; and thereon I laughed aloud, knowing what caused his fear, and merry at the sight of it, for he had ever held tales of" diablerie, "and of wraiths and freits and fetches, in high scorn."
  • "Dostoyevsky was among the few who grasped the momentousness of the change that Machiavelli initiated in the West's conception of diablerie."