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Definitionevil; or cruel and clever (like something of the devil)
- This diabolical agent had the Divine permission, for a season, to burrow into the clergyman's intimacy, and plot against his soul.Chapter 9 -- The Leech (97% in)
- Now it was a herd of diabolic shapes, that grinned and mocked at the pale minister, and beckoned him away with them; now a group of shining angels, who flew upward heavily, as sorrow-laden, but grew more ethereal as they rose.Chapter 11 -- The Interior of a Heart (84% in)
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