[ UK /dˈɛvɪlɹi/ ]
  1. wicked and cruel behavior
  2. reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
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How To Use devilry In A Sentence

  • Oh I know why… it's because you've read the newspaper and you know my devilry and raid has begun.
  • Yet his historical grasp was not matched by real enthusiasm for making war, and he lacked that very seasoning of devilry which might have made him a great general.
  • Make-up is an art of adornment and concealment and vanity - three prongs of devilry - and is frowned upon in all its many forms.
  • This is a novel in which characters turn to one another and say things like ‘I suppose all this footslogging seems primitive to you, with your flying machines and thinking boxes, the marvellous war-making devilry of futurity!’ Archive 2010-01-01
  • It is not only Johnson's brute devilry which is missing, though when the Boks are scaling the ramparts a lashing of "cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war" wouldn't go amiss. The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed
  • He threw the broad sword and it hit right into the small face of the demon-beast that was using devilry magic.
  • Those thieves would stand for any kind of devilry, and were willing to undertake all risks at Grim's bidding. The Lion of Petra
  • Though I lack words to describe such devilry, I will try.
  • Not since ITV's Brideshead Revisited, 20 years ago now, has an English country house been home to so many familiar names, and if Gosford Park life lacks the vicious streak of Evelyn Waugh's work, its playful devilry is a joy.
  • Tony had stepped into the room just as his mother had accused his friend of devilry, and knew that he had to interrupt before things got ugly.
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