- reckless or unrestrained mischievous behavior.
- extreme or utter wickedness.
- an act or instance of mischievous or wicked behavior.
- diabolic magic or art.
Origin of deviltry
First recorded in 1780–90; variant of devilry
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for deviltry
I think you'd better get rid of that Shandy serpent; he seems ripe for any deviltry.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Still, I will see that they are not left long to carry on their work of deviltry.Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer
Colonel Prentiss Ingraham
The spirit of deviltry was stronger than it had ever been in the history of the county.They of the High Trails
I cannot tell how she feels toward him; I know she has often tried to reclaim him from his deviltry.Whispering Smith
Frank H. Spearman
Some imp of deviltry in me moved me to change my seat for one beside his.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine