[dev-uh l-tree]

noun, plural dev·il·tries.

reckless or unrestrained mischievous behavior.
extreme or utter wickedness.
an act or instance of mischievous or wicked behavior.
diabolic magic or art.

Also devilry.

Origin of deviltry

First recorded in 1780–90; variant of devilry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deviltry

Historical Examples of deviltry

  • I think you'd better get rid of that Shandy serpent; he seems ripe for any deviltry.


    W. A. Fraser

  • Still, I will see that they are not left long to carry on their work of deviltry.

    Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer

    Colonel Prentiss Ingraham

  • The spirit of deviltry was stronger than it had ever been in the history of the county.

  • I cannot tell how she feels toward him; I know she has often tried to reclaim him from his deviltry.

    Whispering Smith

    Frank H. Spearman

  • Some imp of deviltry in me moved me to change my seat for one beside his.

    The Pirate of Panama

    William MacLeod Raine