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deviltry

[dev-uh l-tree] /ˈdɛv əl tri/
noun, plural deviltries.
1.
reckless or unrestrained mischievous behavior.
2.
extreme or utter wickedness.
3.
an act or instance of mischievous or wicked behavior.
4.
diabolic magic or art.
Also, devilry.
Origin of deviltry
1780-1790
First recorded in 1780-90; variant of devilry
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  • 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

    Hamlin Garland
  • 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
  • She left shortly after you went, and she means some deviltry.

    Riders of the Silences

    John Frederick
  • In reality, he was deeper in deviltry than ever in his life.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • Black MacQueen would go the limit in deviltry if he set his mind to it.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • Many joined Clark for mere adventure, for plunder and deviltry.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6 Charles H. Sylvester
  • All Nate did know, or the little he knowed, was badness an' deviltry.

    The Brass Bound Box Evelyn Raymond

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