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- n. The character or doctrines of the Devil or devils; devilry.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of the devil or of devils; doctrine of the devil or of devils.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Diabolism; devilishness.
But the "devilism," as Cotton Mather named it, spread instead of abating, the children having any number of imitators so soon as they became objects of general notice and sympathy.
Oh my God, one would think I had just converted to devilism and totally abondaned the humanity!
In his bearing one would never detect the dare-devilism which had heretofore characterized him.
Is it the village maiden alone who confesses to a secret charm in dare-devilism?
The young men gathered in the hotel round the constables, and told blood-curdling stories of his dare-devilism in the North-West.
"Far less so to us, you may be sure; but we shall be content again when we can get away from all your whiggery, democratism, devilism, mobism!"
His prodigal disposition of the box of matches impressed most of them as reckless dare-devilism; his haste, anxiety, and a single instance of mild profanity told others of his viciousness.
'Tis a capital crime, and is to be prosecuted as a species of devilism that would not only deprive God and Christ of all his honor, but also plunder man of all his comfort.
A jury of women had found on her person a wart, which was pronounced to be unquestionably a "devil's teat," and her neighbors remembered that many hens had died, animals become lame, and carts upset by her dreadful "devilism."
In psychotheism it appears as _devilism_ in obedience to a well-known law of comparative theology, viz, that the gods of a lower and superseded stage of culture oftentimes become the devils of a higher stage.
Sketch of the Mythology of the North American Indians First Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1879-80, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1881, pages 17-56