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As part of her diabolical plan, she spent the first year gaining their trust.
  evil; or cruel and clever (like something of the devil)
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  • As part of her diabolical plan, she spent the first year gaining their trust.
  • She was frightened by the diabolical expression on his face.
  • The fires lit up a diabolic scene.
  • A political policy is equated with moral right, and opposition to it with diabolical malevolence.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible

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  • He was a kind of elemental force, a primitive scourge and a raw challenge that summoned diabolic violence from every horse he rode.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • When I’d first started playing Truth, back in my slumber party days, it had always made me nervous. Wes was right in saying it was diabolical: the questions asked were always personal or embarrassing, preferably both.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • He smiled, such a soft, smooth, diabolical smile that I knew there was some trick behind his smoothness.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • There was a diabolical wickedness in the idea great enough for the Count, and as the last chance I cried out, "Shut the door!"
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • And in groups of kids he’s already won over, he whispers his theories about the Admiral’s teeth, and his scars, and his diabolical plans for all of them.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Her smile was diabolical, and I grinned with her.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite

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  • It had been folded up with almost diabolical cleverness inside the acorn, and it had taken ages, and Ty’s skilled fingers, to get it extricated.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • That’s friggin’ diabolical.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • I am so cunning, crafty and clever, so filled with deceit, guile and chicanery, such a knave, so shrewd, cagey as well as calculating, as diabolical as I am vulpine, as tricky as I am untrustworthy …. well, I told you there were not words invented yet to explain how great my brain is, but let me put it this way: the world is several million years old and several billion people have at one time or another trod upon it, but I, Vizzini the Sicilian, am, speaking with pure candor and…
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • What was the diabolic thing that happened to Mr. Cadaver?
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • He has constructed a prototype of their transceiver and tests fuses and valves and handsets and plugs—but even in those late hours, it is as if the sky has dimmed and the school has become a darker, ever more diabolical place.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Even on my hands and knees the effort is exhausting, and I lie down on the ground, shaking, as the room continues to rock back and forth like some diabolical seesaw.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • Carol sat in the middle of the floor, her eyes blazing at an imaginary cauldron, her lips quivering as she summoned double the toil and stinking trouble, and her hands worked diabolically as she bent over her fire on the schoolroom floor.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I was in the grip of a nameless and diabolical paralysis.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • After approximately fifteen minutes, the diabolical plan bore its fruit, so to speak.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • His grin was diabolical.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • All of this might seem diabolical, but the saloon-keeper was in no wise to blame for it.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • The pain was becoming diabolical, but in a way I was relieved I still had feeling in that left leg.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • That I could, with the extinction of your miserable existence, restore those victims whom you have so diabolically murdered!
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • "The original hound was material enough to tug a man’s throat out, and yet he was diabolical as well."
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Never mind me, Mum, returned that diabolical cornchandler.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • This diabolical agent had the Divine permission, for a season, to burrow into the clergyman’s intimacy, and plot against his soul.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The hiding place seemed diabolically simple.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The man must have had diabolically acute hearing.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • ’My amiable lady!’ he interrupted, with an almost diabolical sneer on his face.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • He seemed positively diabolic in his enjoyment of our discomfort.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Who but the chosen one could have survived that diabolical explosion?
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • —Let it never be forgotten, that no slaveholder or overseer can be convicted of any outrage perpetrated on the person of a slave, however diabolical it may be, on the testimony of colored witnesses, whether bond or free.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • There was a sinister and unlikely coincidence exposed that was too diabolical in implication to be anything less than the most hideous of omens.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The tutor had always viewed Redd’s fall into the diabolical as his fault, a failure in her education.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • What other diabolical things have they devised?
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • There was a diabolic gleam in his eyes as if something amused him greatly.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • We find in the eighteenth century, in nearly all the songs of the galleys and prisons, a diabolical and enigmatical gayety.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • At the same time, the thin straight lines of the setting of the eyes, and the thin straight lips, and the markings in the nose, curved with a sarcasm that looked handsomely diabolic.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • 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.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Both the drivers again laughed their diabolical laugh.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • "What diabolical villainy you have performed here," said Porthos, when the officer had rejoined his companions and the four friends found themselves alone.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • "It is true," said Candide; "there is something diabolical in this affair."
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • On stormy nights, when the wind shook the four corners of the house and the surf roared along the cove and up the cliffs, I would see him in a thousand forms, and with a thousand diabolical expressions.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • What if he should knock me in the head—or worse; he sounded diabolic.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • I thought of her as I had seen her last night, watching me through the open door to the west wing, and that diabolical smile on her white skull’s face, and I remembered that she was a living breathing woman like myself, she was made of flesh and blood.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • If the curses he muttered half aloud when he was alone had had no other object than Dunstan’s diabolical cunning, he might have shrunk less from the consequences of avowal.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • It’s clever, diabolical.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The drug had no discriminating action; it was neither diabolical nor divine; it but shook the doors of the prison-house of my disposition; and like the captives of Philippi, that which stood within ran forth.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • It is the matrix; a diabolical scheme in which you are hopelessly trapped even while completely unaware of its existence.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Asmodeus—that diabolical personage, who would have been created by every fertile imagination if Le Sage had not acquired the priority in his great masterpiece—would have enjoyed a singular spectacle, if he had lifted up the roof of the little house in the Rue Saint-Germain-des-Pres, while Debray was casting up his figures.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
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