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Etymology of devil

Posted by Johannes on 28 March 2010

Origin of devil

The word devil comes from the Latin diabolus (devil), which is a transliteration of the Greek diabolos (devil; diavolos; διάβολος) from the verb diaballo (to insinuate things (against sb), put sb in a bad light, slander, calumniate; from dia- “across, through” + ballo “to throw”; diavallo; διαβάλλω).
From the same root
English: diabolic, diablerie, ballistic
French: diable, diabolique, diablerie
Italian: diavolo, dabolico, diavoleria
Spanish: diablo, dabolico, diablura
In Romeika (modern Greek, the language of Romei/Romans/Ρωμηοί)
a) diavolos: devil [διάβολος]
b) diavallo: to insinuate things (against sb), put sb in a bad light, slander, calumniate [διαβάλλω]
c) diavoli: calumny, false accusation [διαβολή]
d) diavolicos: diabolic [διαβολικός]
e) vallo: attack, hit out [βάλλω]
f) vallisticos: ballistic [βαλλιστικός]
g) voli: throw, shot [βολή]


Η λέξη devil προέρχεται από το ελληνικό διάβολος.


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