Definitions

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

  • n. Devilish behavior; mischief.

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  • n. devilish action or conduct; mischief.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Deviltry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Deviltry; trickery; roguishness; mischief: often used in a ludicrous sense without necessarily implying malice: as, he did it out of more devilment.

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

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

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Examples

  • "Some kind of devilment," muttered the forest runner.

    The Conquering Sword of Conan

  • ` Some kind of devilment, 'muttered the forest runner.

    The Conan Chronicles

  • She says that colored people are naturally religious and that they learned all their "devilment" from the Whites.

    Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves Georgia Narratives, Part 1

  • In the reaction from Sunday evening's intensity and strain she was especially full of what Miss Cornelia would have called "devilment" on Monday.

    Rainbow Valley

  • Now it will be much easier for the judge to determine whether the woman in the case had at the critical time an especial inclination to this "devilment," than to discover whether her own husband was sexually insufficient, or whatever similar secrets might be involved.

    Criminal Psychology: a manual for judges, practitioners, and students

  • They both tried to talk of ordinary things for the few moments before that meal was announced, and then some kind of devilment seemed to come into Amaryllis -- nothing could have been more seductive or alluring than her manner, while keeping to strict convention.

    The Price of Things

  • It is so hard for them not to fall into affectations of either virtue or vice, or into some 'devilment' worse still.

    Selections from the Letters of Geraldine Endsor Jewsbury to Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • My mother would have warned me against answering your e-mail and participating in the kind of "devilment" you are up to.

    VF Daily

  • He knew right off that Vilate Franker was planning some kind of devilment against Alvin, and he sort of hoped she might mention what it was, though that wasn't too likely, since all she talked about was how bad she felt and how she hated to do it but it was a lady's right to defend her honor even though it might involve giving the appearance of having no honor but that's why it was so good having such a good, true, wonderful friend.

    Alvin Journeyman

  • There has to be some kind of devilment involved to make her look the way she does,” Boyd put a lot of emphasis on that last sentence, dipping his head knowingly.

    The Dreaming Void

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  • "My devilment waxed apace, and I followed them. At the same time, I was fully conscious that I was playing a mad prank without being able to stop myself."
    - Knut Hamsun, 'Hunger'.

    July 25, 2009

  • We'll have none of these foreign devilments!

    April 13, 2009