dev·il·ry || 'devlrɪ n. uncontrolled mischievousness; wickedness, fiendishness; magic, witchcraft, works of the devil (also deviltry)

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  • Devilry — Dev il*ry, n.; pl. {Devilries}. 1. Conduct suitable to the devil; extreme wickedness; deviltry. [1913 Webster] Stark lies and devilry. Sir T. More. [1913 Webster] 2. The whole body of evil spirits. Tylor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • devilry — late 14c., from DEVIL (Cf. devil) + RY (Cf. ry); deviltry (1788) is a corrupt formation from it …   Etymology dictionary

  • devilry — ► NOUN 1) wicked activity. 2) reckless mischief …   English terms dictionary

  • devilry — [dev′əl rē] n. pl. devilries [ME develri] Chiefly Brit. 1. black magic; witchcraft 2. evil or diabolic behavior; great wickedness or cruelty 3. DEVILTRY …   English World dictionary

  • devilry — or deviltry noun (plural ries or tries) Date: 14th century 1. a. action performed with the help of the devil ; witchcraft b. wickedness c. mischief 2. an act of devilry …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • devilry, deviltry — ▶ noun 1 some devilry was afoot: WICKEDNESS, evil, sin, iniquity, vileness, badness, wrongdoing, dishonesty, unscrupulousness …   Useful english dictionary

  • devilry — /dev euhl ree/, n., pl. devilries. deviltry. [1325 75; ME; see DEVIL, RY] * * * …   Universalium

  • devilry — noun /ˈdɛv.əl.ri,ˈdɛv.ɪl.ri/ a) mischief. b) wickedness, cruelty …   Wiktionary

  • devilry — Synonyms and related words: Black Mass, Satanism, arrantness, badness, baseness, bitchiness, black magic, chthonian worship, cruelty, cussedness, demonism, demonography, demonolatry, demonology, demonomancy, demonomy, demonry, devil lore, devil… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • devilry — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Annoying yet harmless, usually playful acts: deviltry, diablerie, high jinks, impishness, mischief, mischievousness, prankishness, rascality, roguery, roguishness, tomfoolery. Informal: shenanigan (often used in… …   English dictionary for students

  • devilry —  , deviltry  Either is acceptable …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

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