November 5th, 2001


Word of the Day: "diablerie"

[mood|barely conscious]

diablerie \dee-AHB-luh-ree\ noun
     : the act of playing Diablo II: Lord of Destruction

Example usages:
     I can't begin my diablerie at work until after 1830h.

     Friday evening quality time in our family consists of firing up our computers for a good bit of diablerie into the morning.

That's what I'd like to think it means =) This is the real dictionary entry:

diablerie \dee-AHB-luh-ree; -AB-\ noun
     : Sorcery; black magic; witchcraft.
     : Representation of devils or demons in words or pictures.
     : Mischievous conduct; deviltry.

Example usages:
     She invariably had every child in the establishment at her heels, open-mouthed with admiration and wonder, --not excepting Miss Eva, who appeared to be fascinated by her wild diablerie, as a dove is sometimes charmed by a glittering serpent.
     --Harriet Beecher Stowe, [1]Uncle Tom's Cabin

     His worst excesses of unfeeling diablerie belong to his early days.
     --Robertson Davies, "The Making of a 'Dublin Smartie,' "
     [2]New York Times, October 30, 1988

     Diablerie comes from the French, from diable, devil, from Latin diabolus, from Greek diabolos, "slanderer," from diaballein, "to slander," literally "to throw across," from dia-, "across" + ballein, "to throw."

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