deviltry

deviltry

[dev-uhl-tree]
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:
1780–90; variant of devilry

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devilry or deviltry (ˈdɛvəlrɪ)
 
n , pl -ries, -tries
1.  reckless or malicious fun or mischief
2.  wickedness or cruelty
3.  black magic or other forms of diabolism
 
[C18: from French diablerie, from diabledevil]
 
deviltry or deviltry
 
n
 
[C18: from French diablerie, from diabledevil]

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