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devilish

[dev-uh-lish, dev-lish] /ˈdɛv ə lɪʃ, ˈdɛv lɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of, like, or befitting a devil; diabolical; fiendish.
2.
extreme; very great:
a devilish mess.
adverb
3.
excessively; extremely:
He's devilish proud.
Origin of devilish
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English. See devil, -ish1
Related forms
devilishly, adverb
devilishness, noun
superdevilish, adjective
superdevilishly, adverb
superdevilishness, noun
undevilish, adjective
Synonyms
1. satanic, demoniac, infernal.
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  • They see and hear more harm daily than we could ever teach them, were we so devilishly minded.

    At Last Charles Kingsley
  • Because that had been wicked and devilishly false, the Dean's folly was not the less.

    Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
  • But how devilishly clever of Griggs to have deferred his attack until he was able to catch his adversary off his guard!

    Who? Elizabeth Kent
  • But I'm such a pup—and what a devilishly sweet miracle she is!

    Sunlight Patch Credo Fitch Harris
  • There still is, but the prohibitionists have been devilishly wise.

    Seeing Things at Night Heywood Broun
British Dictionary definitions for devilishly

devilish

/ˈdɛvəlɪʃ; ˈdɛvlɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of, resembling, or befitting a devil; diabolic; fiendish
adverb, adjective (informal)
2.
(intensifier): devilish good food, this devilish heat
Derived Forms
devilishly, adverb
devilishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for devilishly

devilish

adj.

mid-15c.; see devil + -ish. Related: Devilishly; devilishness.

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