devilry

[ dev-uh l-ree ]
/ ˈdɛv əl ri /

noun, plural dev·il·ries.


Nearby words

  1. devilfish,
  2. devilish,
  3. devilkin,
  4. devilled,
  5. devilment,
  6. devils island,
  7. devils-on-horseback,
  8. deviltry,
  9. devilwood,
  10. devine

Origin of devilry

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

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British Dictionary definitions for devilry

devilry

deviltry

/ (ˈdɛvəlrɪ) /

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

devilry

n.

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

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