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deviltry

[dev-uh l-tree] /ˈdɛv əl tri/
noun, plural deviltries.
1.
reckless or unrestrained mischievous behavior.
2.
extreme or utter wickedness.
3.
an act or instance of mischievous or wicked behavior.
4.
diabolic magic or art.
Also, devilry.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; variant of devilry
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devilry

/ˈdɛvəlrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries, -tries
1.
reckless or malicious fun or mischief
2.
wickedness or cruelty
3.
black magic or other forms of diabolism
Word Origin
C18: from French diablerie, from diabledevil
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