Devil: From Latin ‘Diaballein’ meaning ‘to throw accross’

Devil: Comes from the old English word ‘deofel’ meaning ‘evil spirit’, which in turn is from late Latin ‘diabolus’ which had evolved from a word from earlier Latin ‘diablos’, which meant ‘slanderer or accuser’ and itself came from ‘diaballein’ meaning to ‘slander’ or ‘attack.

‘Diaballein’ is made up of two latin words’ Dia’ maning ‘across’ and ‘ballein’ meaning to throw (same root as ballistics).

So essentially devil means ‘One who throws’.

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