devilry

devilry

[dev-uhl-ree]
noun, plural devilries.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English; see devil, -ry

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