[dev-uh l-ree]

noun, plural dev·il·ries.

Origin of devilry

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at devil, -ry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -ries or -tries

reckless or malicious fun or mischief
wickedness or cruelty
black magic or other forms of diabolism

Word Origin for devilry

C18: from French diablerie, from diable devil
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Word Origin and History for devilry

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

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