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[dev-uh l-tree] /ˈdɛv əl tri/
noun, plural deviltries.
reckless or unrestrained mischievous behavior.
extreme or utter wickedness.
an act or instance of mischievous or wicked behavior.
diabolic magic or art.
Also, devilry.
Origin of deviltry
First recorded in 1780-90; variant of devilry Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She has just the saving spark of deviltry that you lack, Rosalie.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • I think you'd better get rid of that Shandy serpent; he seems ripe for any deviltry.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Some sort of deviltry is sure to be hatching soon after we get out of work.

    Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne
  • 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
  • I knew mighty well that Carter would not concoct anything as crude as that, and wondered what deviltry he had devised.

    Kathleen Christopher Morley
  • The spirit of deviltry was stronger than it had ever been in the history of the county.

    They of the High Trails Hamlin Garland
  • "There's deviltry in this business, somewhere," said Ichabod.

    The Frontiersmen Gustave Aimard
  • 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
  • She could understand now the spirit of deviltry in a chauffeur who knows his business.

    The Foolish Virgin Thomas Dixon
  • Some imp of deviltry in me moved me to change my seat for one beside his.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine

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