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[dev-uh l-ree]
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noun, plural dev·il·ries.
  1. deviltry.
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Origin of devilry

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at devil, -ry
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Related Words for devilry

rascality, naughtiness, shenanigans, mischievousness, roguery, deviltry, trouble, wickedness, devilment, diablerie

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Historical Examples of devilry

  • It was the Carnival week again—the mad blaspheming week of revelry and devilry.

    Dreamers of the Ghetto

    I. Zangwill

  • I kept my eye on her after that, for I knew there was some devilry in the wind.

  • But this seemed to say that the devilry was over all the earth.

  • They are desperate, then, and seem to exult in devilry of all kinds.

  • There was no waiting, no coaxing; it was drive and devilry all through.

    Bob, Son of Battle

    Alfred Ollivant

British Dictionary definitions for devilry



noun plural -ries or -tries
  1. reckless or malicious fun or mischief
  2. wickedness or cruelty
  3. black magic or other forms of diabolism
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Word Origin for devilry

C18: from French diablerie, from diable devil
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for devilry


late 14c., from devil + -ry; deviltry (1788) is a corrupt formation from it.

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