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devilment

[dev-uh l-muh nt]
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noun
  1. devilish action or conduct; deviltry.
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Origin of devilment

First recorded in 1765–75; devil + -ment
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Related Words for devilment

playfulness, evil, wrongdoing, vandalism, misconduct, prank, sabotage, catastrophe, rogue, rascal, misbehavior, transgression, gag, harm, misfortune, roguery, outrage, injury, mischievousness, hurt

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.

    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.


British Dictionary definitions for devilment

devilment

noun
  1. devilish or mischievous conduct
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Word Origin and History for devilment

n.

1771; see devil + -ment.

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