devilish

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adjective dev·il·ish \ˈde-vəl-ish, ˈdev-lish\

Definition of devilish

  1. 1 :  resembling or befitting a devil: such asa :  evil, sinisterb :  mischievous, roguish a devilish grin

  2. 2 :  extreme in a devilish hurry

devilish

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devilishly

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devilishness

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Examples of devilish in a Sentence

  1. She was attracted by his devilish charm.

  2. There was a devilish look of mischief in her eyes.

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In the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament, Satan is usually referred to as diabolos or “slanderer” (from the Greek verb diaballein, “to slander,” literally “to throw across”). But in the Greek New Testament, the Hebrew word, which is Satanas or Satan in its Greek form, is used as if it were the devil’s proper name. The older Latin translations of the Bible retain Greek diabolos as diabolus, but St. Jerome’s version, the Vulgate, calls the devil Satan. Both words were borrowed into Old English, and we now call this figure both Satan and the Devil. The derived form devilish first appears in the 15th century.

First Known Use of devilish

15th century



DEVILISH Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of devilish for English Language Learners

  • : evil and cruel

  • : showing a desire to cause trouble but in a way that is not serious


DEVILISH Defined for Kids

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adjective dev·il·ish \ˈde-və-lish, ˈdev-lish\

Definition of devilish for Students

  1. 1 :  evil and cruel

  2. 2 :  mischievous 2



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