American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Reckless mischief.
- n. Extreme cruelty; wickedness.
- n. Evil magic; witchcraft.
- n. An act of mischief, cruelty, or witchcraft.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Diabolical action; malicious mischief; devilry.
- n. devilry.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Diabolical conduct; malignant mischief; devilry.
- n. wicked and cruel behavior
- n. reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
- Variant spelling of devilry, influenced by gallantry. (Wiktionary)
- Alteration (influenced by such words as gallantry) of devilry. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Further south, in the area north of the Aisne river, west of Laon, probably the worst example of this German deviltry is to be found.”
“If this kind of deviltry works, we can expect local Democrat district attorneys to routinely indict any Republican who is successfully turning out the electorate for the Republican Party.”
“He's in here, trying to make up his mind what kind of deviltry to get into next.”
“I was a boy at West Point I was court-martialed for tolerating some youthful "deviltry" of my classmates, in which I took no part myself, and was sentenced to be dismissed.”
“But one of the candidates, perhaps by way of excuse for his failure, wrote to his parents some account of the "deviltry" in which my classmates had indulged that day.”
“It was dark enough for any kind of deviltry in that four-hundred foot gash in the earth; the sinking moon lightened only a strip along the east wall, near the top; lower down, smoke mingling with the natural gloom cast an impenetrable veil from bank to bank; not a breath of air stirred the tomblike stillness.”
“I would really like to know what especial kind of deviltry you young fry are up to this time," said Uncle”
“I would really like to know what especial kind of deviltry you young fry are up to this time," said Uncle Roger one evening, as he passed through the orchard with his gun on his shoulder, bound for the swamp.”
“We can trust this to be the plain truth in regard to the Liverpool consulate, and if twenty-five thousand a year was ever obtained from it, there must have been some kind of deviltry in the business.”
“No tellin 'how long they may take or what kind of deviltry that camp booze may work 'em up to.”
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Words used quite often in steampunk
Words & phrases with "devil" in the name - there's a deuce of a lot
For those who wish no words were ever forgotten
words for the bespoke
Words rounded up while reading The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain.
mischief of one kind...and another
The troublemakers of the bunch.
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