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[dev-uh l-muh nt] /ˈdɛv əl mənt/
devilish action or conduct; deviltry.
Origin of devilment
First recorded in 1765-75; devil + -ment Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "They're just about sure to run off the stock, or be up to some other devilment," he said.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • That's Tim himself, that's been doing all the devilment about here.

    Two Little Confederates

    Thomas Nelson Page
  • My dear Ned, I'm no prude, but there's always some devilment in the blood in these cases.

    Simon J. Storer Clouston
  • Surely you do not suspect her of having a hand in the devilment?

    The Green Mummy Fergus Hume
  • Now I reckoned you had kep' him in for some devilment of his'n, or lessons.

  • There I would sit and tell you of my escapades—my days and nights of devilment.

    Hedda Gabler Henrik Ibsen
  • "They be up to some devilment, ye may lay to that," said Tom Bent.

    Brothers of Peril Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • I think there was a good deal of devilment in the things she did.

  • But nearly every religion has accounted for all the devilment in this world by the crime of woman.

    The Ghosts Robert G. Ingersoll
  • What is the special form that Tony's devilment has taken, may I ask?

    To Him That Hath Ralph Connor
British Dictionary definitions for devilment


devilish or mischievous conduct
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for devilment

1771; see devil + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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