[dev-uh l-muh nt]


devilish action or conduct; deviltry.

Origin of devilment

First recorded in 1765–75; devil + -ment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for devilment

Historical Examples of devilment

  • "They're just about sure to run off the stock, or be up to some other devilment," he said.

  • 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.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for devilment



devilish or mischievous conduct
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Word Origin and History for devilment

1771; see devil + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper