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1. Of, resembling, or characteristic of a devil, as:
a. Malicious; evil.
b. Mischievous, teasing, or annoying.
2. Excessive; extreme: devilish heat.
Extremely; very.

dev′il·ish·ly adv.
dev′il·ish·ness n.


nTeuflische(s) nt (→ of an +dat); (of chuckle, grin)Schalkhaftigkeit f, → Verschmitztheit f
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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.
Fear was strong in their faces, and the devilishness which comes of fear.
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.
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.
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.
This attitude of Indian army expressed devilishness.
The Sabarimala event is the acme of devilishness of the irrational and fossiled brahminical superstitious rituals.
Then they go to the Chinese restaurants, and after they go there a couple of times and get a drink in them they want to "hit the pipe." They do it either out of curiosity or pure devilishness. (100) The idea of white female victimization became a media trope.
[...] [H]e was firm in his decision to accomplish something which had never been done before, and which not even the devil, in all his devilishness, had come to think of, as this Henri Coanda did.
The Christian sect examines her physical makeup in order to determine the extent of her devilishness. Florens is shamed by their treatment of her,