- of, like, or befitting a devil; diabolical; fiendish.
- extreme; very great: a devilish mess.
- excessively; extremely: He's devilish proud.
Origin of devilish
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1. satanic, demoniac, infernal.
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Examples from the Web for devilish
Use him as the poster child for a nasty, devilish lobbying group being the de facto fourth branch of government.Where the Hell Is the Surgeon General?
Roland S. Martin
October 9, 2014
As she disappears down the hill, Grace shoots Mormello a devilish grin: “What does she have?”Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
May 4, 2014
Depending on whether you use a Greek, Hebrew, or English number scheme, a lot of different names add up to the devilish number.Run with the Devil Unlike the Girl in Kentucky
November 10, 2013
The course teaches that Devilish influence in the world is of two basic types.The Devil and Antonin Scalia
October 8, 2013
But unfortunately for us, the devilish Mr. Hyde was in charge in that case.Dr. Antonin and Mr. Scalia, or, a Justice Divided Against Himself
July 3, 2013
And a devilish piece of luck it was, for I have been hustling ever since.Her Father's Daughter
This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
You are poor, devilish poor;—that the hole in your coat assures me.Night and Morning, Complete
Without that rootless, worthless, devilish fancy, I might have been no worse than other people!Salted With Fire
That which falleth in Heaven is devilish, but that which stumbleth on earth is human.Selections from the Table Talk of Martin Luther
- of, resembling, or befitting a devil; diabolic; fiendish
- (intensifier)devilish good food; this devilish heat
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Word Origin and History for devilish
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