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Variant of deviltry.


(ˈdɛvəlrɪ) or


n, pl -ries or -tries
1. reckless or malicious fun or mischief
2. wickedness or cruelty
3. (Alternative Belief Systems) black magic or other forms of diabolism
[C18: from French diablerie, from diable devil]


(ˈdɛv əl tri)

n., pl. -tries.
1. mischievous behavior.
2. extreme or utter wickedness.
3. an act or instance of mischievous or wicked behavior.
4. diabolic magic or art.
[1780–90; variant of devilry]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.devilry - wicked and cruel behavior
evil, wickedness, immorality, iniquity - morally objectionable behavior
2.devilry - reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in othersdevilry - reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
misbehavior, misbehaviour, misdeed - improper or wicked or immoral behavior
blaze, hell - noisy and unrestrained mischief; "raising blazes"
monkey business - mischievous or deceitful behavior
hooliganism, malicious mischief, vandalism - willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others


Annoying yet harmless, usually playful acts:
Informal: shenanigan (often used in plural).


[ˈdevlrɪ] N (= wickedness) → maldad f, crueldad f; (= mischief) → diablura f, travesura f, pillería f


(= mischief)(grober) Unfug
(= black magic)Teufelskunst f
(= extreme wickedness, cruelty)Teufelei f
References in classic literature ?
Wilson said to himself, "The drop of black blood in her is superstitious; she thinks there's some devilry, some witch business about my glass mystery somewhere; she used to come here with an old horseshoe in her hand; it could have been an accident, but I doubt it.
Perhaps some new devilry of the gods was about to be perpetrated on him.
On the contrary, he rather liked the bird, and, out of devilry, tried to teach him oaths.
And there was a touch of foppery about him, in the enormous white tie and the much-cherished whiskers of the fifties, which was only redeemed by that other touch of devilry that he had shown me in the corridor.
At any rate, his eyes were brilliantly black and sparkling with devilry.
In the smoking-room, after dinner, the Colonel put forward the view that Miss Schlegel had jumped it out of devilry.
cried Joe: 'a fellow who has no goodwill to you, and who has the daring and devilry in him of twenty fellows.
Here is a fellow, who, infected by the most pestilent and blasphemous code of devilry that ever was known, abandoned his property to the vilest scum of the earth that ever did murder by wholesale, and you ask me why I am sorry that a man who instructs youth knows him?
Thou art full young, as Sahibs go, for this devilry.
But to bring their devilry to sea and fasten on such a man
Don't you know the devilry of lingering starvation, its exasperating torment, its black thoughts, its somber and brooding ferocity?
This note of a dreamy, almost a sleepy devilry, was no mere fancy from the landscape.