deviltry

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dev·il·try

 (dĕv′əl-trē) or dev·il·ry (-əl-rē)
n. pl. dev·il·tries or dev·il·ries
1. Reckless mischief.
2. Extreme cruelty; wickedness.
3. Evil magic; witchcraft.
4. An act of mischief, cruelty, or witchcraft.

[Alteration (influenced by such words as gallantry) of devilry.]

dev•il•try

(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.deviltry - wicked and cruel behavior
evil, wickedness, immorality, iniquity - morally objectionable behavior
2.deviltry - reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in othersdeviltry - 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

deviltry

noun
1. Annoying yet harmless, usually playful acts:
Informal: shenanigan (often used in plural).
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Go to the statues," he urged, "to dehumanize you a little, you who in spite of all your puerile devilries were still too human.