from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Resemblance to the qualities of the devil; infernal or devilish character.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state or quality of being devilish.


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  • "Well, for my part, I think the whole affair can only be accounted for as being a piece of what we men of the world, who do not belong to any church, call devilishness," said Master Raymond hotly.

    Dulcibel A Tale of Old Salem

  • 'devilishness' and we to being 'possessed by the devil.'

    Dulcibel A Tale of Old Salem

  • For reasons I shall not mention, by paths of descent I shall not describe, in the crown of my manhood and the prime of my devilishness in which Oxford renegades and racing younger sons had nothing on me, I found myself master and owner of a schooner so well known that she shall remain historically nameless.


  • It is just those, the good fellows, the worth while, the fellows with the weakness of too much strength, too much spirit, too much fire and flame of fine devilishness, that he solicits and ruins.

    Chapter 13

  • I had to get the kick and the hit of the stuff, the crawl of the maggots, the genial brain glow, the laughter tickle, the touch of devilishness and sting, the smile over the face of things, ere I could join my fellows and make one with them.

    Chapter 31

  • Then Mr. Pike took a hand, seizing the hauling-part next to the pin and lifting his voice with a rare snap and devilishness:


  • It would be well, Dick judged, to make the Outlaw act up in real devilishness for a minute or two before the culmination.


  • The devilishness, the wickedness, and, above all, the pitch of glaring hatred with which the man eyed me and addressed me, were most unpleasant.


  • Fear was strong in their faces, and the devilishness which comes of fear.

    Chapter 15

  • And for people who claim to be Christians, there's little Christ and a lot of devilishness in there.

    David A. Love: The Texas GOP Is A Grand Old Piece of Work


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