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Religious OriginPlay
Originally linked to religious beliefs about evil beings opposing good. SlideMany cultures have stories featuring the devil in a battle against gods.
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Negative EmotionPlay
Evokes fear or disapproval, often used to scare or warn people. SlideParents might say 'Behave or the devil will get you!' to their kids.
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Not LiteralPlay
In modern usage, it's not always a literal belief but can be metaphorical. SlideWhen the computer crashed, she cursed the devil inside it.