dev·​il·​ry | \ ˈde-vᵊl-rē How to pronounce devilry (audio) \
variants: or deviltry \ ˈde-​vᵊl-​trē How to pronounce devilry (audio) \
plural devilries or deviltries

Definition of devilry

1a : action performed with the help of the devil : witchcraft
c : mischief
2 : an act of devilry

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Examples of devilry in a Sentence

children always getting into some devilry superstitious villagers who were quick to attribute an unexpected occurrence to devilry
Recent Examples on the Web Aboard the ship, mysterious devilry begins to take place and a demon is suspected to be behind it. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "All the new books you’ll want to read in October," 8 Oct. 2020 The mildly disastrous consequences of Eddie’s devilry predictably set up the big moment at the end of the show in which Ward or June Cleaver would distill an important Life Lesson from the experience. Paul Farhi, Washington Post, "The brilliant, subversive jerkiness of Eddie Haskell," 19 May 2020 These winged insects pollinate plants, inspire funny memes, and rule the night like fluttery little kings, felled only by the devilry of porch lights masquerading as the moon. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "A new theory on how moths evolved into butterflies is also a lesson in career changes," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of devilry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for devilry

Middle English develrye, from devel devil entry 1 + -rye -ry

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“Devilry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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