What is the meaning of diabolical?

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  • Showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil.
    • usage: "devilish schemes"; "the cold calculation and diabolic art of some statesmen"; "the diabolical expression on his face"; "a mephistophelian glint in his eye"
  • Extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell.
    • usage: "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"
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