devilishness


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dev·il·ish

 (dĕv′ə-lĭsh)
adj.
1. Of, resembling, or characteristic of a devil, as:
a. Malicious; evil.
b. Mischievous, teasing, or annoying.
2. Excessive; extreme: devilish heat.
adv.
Extremely; very.

dev′il·ish·ly adv.
dev′il·ish·ness n.
Translations

devilishness

nTeuflische(s) nt (→ of an +dat); (of chuckle, grin)Schalkhaftigkeit f, → Verschmitztheit f
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It was at this point, gentlemen, that enraged by the defection of seven of his former associates, and stung by the mocking voice that had last hailed him, and maddened by his long entombment in a place as black as the bowels of despair; it was then that Steelkilt proposed to the two Canallers, thus far apparently of one mind with him, to burst out of their hole at the next summoning of the garrison; and armed with their keen mincing knives (long, crescentic, heavy implements with a handle at each end) run a muck from the bowsprit to the taffrail; and if by any devilishness of desperation possible, seize the ship.
Conceive of the ingenious devilishness of that queen: she had a special hatred for this prisoner, and she had INVENTED all those funer- als herself, to scorch his heart with; and the sublimest stroke of genius of the whole thing was leaving the family-invoice a funeral SHORT, so as to let him wear his poor old soul out guessing.
Who else, of all on board the Ariel, would have dared such devilishness with the lady-god's bed?
It is just those, the good fellows, the worth while, the fellows with the weakness of too much strength, too much spirit, too much fire and flame of fine devilishness, that he solicits and ruins.
For reasons I shall not mention, by paths of descent I shall not describe, in the crown of my manhood and the prime of my devilishness in which Oxford renegades and racing younger sons had nothing on me, I found myself master and owner of a schooner so well known that she shall remain historically nameless.
Fear was strong in their faces, and the devilishness which comes of fear.
In a statement last Wednesday, Hamas thanked the Iranian Supreme Leader for his support, saying, "Right at a time when the region is passing through the most difficult times and faces different plots, religious schemes at top of them, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei with his unifying and insightful statements in the International Conference of Muslim Scholars and Islamic Awakening, drew attention to the main problem in the region and the source of plots and devilishness, that is the filthy Quds Occupying Regime (Israel).
There is an artist you should know about: Miss Emily, I have a feeling about her like I haven't had about a new artist in a long time" - Matt Wells - Much Music "Angelic with a hint of sultry devilishness.