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A.Word.A.Day--diableriePronunciation: WAV or RealAudio
diablerie (dee-AH-ble-ree, -ab-luh-) noun
1. Sorcery; witchcraft.
2. Representation of devils or demons, as in paintings or fiction.
3. Devilish conduct; deviltry.
[French, from Old French, from diable, devil, from Latin diabolus.]
"Gretchen is not as tender and delicate as one might wish, while Mephistopheles is quite lacking in diablerie or malevolence at Horenstein's leaden tempos." Steven Haller, Overview: Franz Liszt, American Record Guide, Jan 11, 1996.
This week's theme: words to mark Halloween.
A man may be very industrious, and yet not spend his time well. There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of life getting his living. -Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)