dev·​il·​ment | \ ˈde-vᵊl-mənt How to pronounce devilment (audio) , -ˌment \

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Ruffians were breaking windows out of sheer devilment. his devilment at school remains the stuff of local legend
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First Known Use of devilment

1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for devilment

devil entry 1 + -ment

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“Devilment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of devilment

chiefly British, formal : behavior that causes trouble : a desire to cause trouble


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