Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of deviltry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. mischief.
  • n. wickedness, cruelty.
  • n. an action performed with the help of a devil; witchcraft.
  • n. An act of such mischief, wickedness, cruelty, or witchcraft.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Conduct suitable to the devil; extreme wickedness; deviltry.
  • n. The whole body of evil spirits.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Devilish character or conduct; extreme wickedness; wicked mischief.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. wicked and cruel behavior
  • n. reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others

Etymologies

Devil + -ry. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But this conflation of good times with devilry is like something out of a 17th century Puritan ethic which goes by the dictum that someone somewhere is enjoying themselves and this must be stopped immediately.

    Where Would Jesus Spend Spring Break?

  • But Orientals are aware that the period of especial feminine devilry is between the first menstruation and twenty when, according to some, every girl is a “possible murderess.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Buck Klinker, returning from some stag devilry at the hour of two A.M., and attracted to the Scriptorium by the light under the door, found the little Doctor pacing the floor in his stocking feet, with the gas blazing and the shade up as high as it would go.

    Queed

  • Those thieves would stand for any kind of devilry, and were willing to undertake all risks at Grim's bidding.

    The Lion of Petra

  • They have treated them after a fashion which has intensified their treachery and "devilry" as enemies, and as friends reduces them to a degraded pauperism, devoid of the very first elements of civilization.

    A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

  • He warrants the sounding-board neither breaking nor cracking; when he has finished one, he exposes it in the air to rain, snow, sun, and every kind of devilry, that it may give way, and then inserts slips of wood which he glues in, making it quite strong and solid.

    The Letters of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • He told the Privy Council, sitting at the Supreme Court, there had been an abuse of process through a variety of "devilry".

    BBC News - Home

  • It is not only Johnson's brute devilry which is missing, though when the Boks are scaling the ramparts a lashing of "cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war" wouldn't go amiss.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • "devilry" I cannot speak too highly, and in this matter even the pudibund Lane is as free-spoken as myself.

    Arabian nights. English

  • Perhaps some new devilry of the gods was about to be perpetrated on him.

    The Indomitable

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