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Reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others.  Synonyms: devilry, deviltry, mischief, mischief-making, mischievousness, rascality, roguery, roguishness, shenanigan.

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"Devilment" Quotes from Famous Books

... earth that was once sweet and fair, torn, desecrated, disembowelled! Those sheds! That great wind-wheel! That monstrous wheeled machine! Those dykes! Look at those three monsters squatting there, plotting some ugly devilment or other! Look—look ...
— The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth • H.G. Wells

... that means, Bolton," he said softly, "but I don't like the looks of it. Stanesky is up to some devilment or other. I wouldn't be a bit surprised to find out that he knows all about your pickets and is ready for ...
— Astounding Stories, February, 1931 • Various

... down hill, Bigot! but, par Dieu! I would not have believed that New France contained two women of such mettle as the one to contrive, the other to execute, a masterpiece of devilment like that!" ...
— The Golden Dog - Le Chien d'Or • William Kirby

... from a wild scrape I beat the sheriff in Colorado into Utah. Then I went home to England in 1908 and took over the title of the estate, and I made the occasion simply one drunken spree. I was out for all the devilment I could get into. I hated the Church. I hated religion. I hated anything good. When I went down to the old church which is in the grounds of the estate, they said to me, 'What will you do about the minister?' I said, 'I would kick the fool out, but the law would make me put ...
— The Personal Touch • J. Wilbur Chapman

... military mines, torpedoes, and nitroglycerine trains. Who has not had them explode in his eye, on his cheek, down his neck, scarring his skin, burning holes in his coats and trousers, frightening passers-by, and doing all manner of deep-dyed devilment? Nor is this the worst. Those who will trust their skins, and their eyes, and their clothes to 'Vesuvians,' 'Flamers,' and the like, are not to be pitied; for they are more cruel to their tobacco than the fusees are to them. Our grievance ...
— Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce • E. R. Billings

... by the sound] Hold you noise! will you? Shove his neckerchief into his mouth if he don't stop. [To the woman] Dont you mind him, maam: he's mad with drink and devilment. I suppose theres no fake about this, Strapper. Who ...
— The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet • George Bernard Shaw

... name 'em to ye,—have trespassed agin us; ye and me know it, for we've ketched 'em in their devilment, and, what is more to the p'int, the Lord knows it, too, for He's had His eye on 'em, and there's one up in the north country that wouldn't git an invite to this dinner, Bible or no Bible. But, barrin' this knave, who is beyend the range of our trails, there is ...
— Holiday Tales - Christmas in the Adirondacks • W. H. H. Murray

... he 'll learn devilment soon enough anywhere," snapped Mrs. Warren, "with that owdacious father o' his before him. I would n't take the child by no means, though his mother an' me was friends, fur blood 's bound to tell, an' ...
— The Uncalled - A Novel • Paul Laurence Dunbar

... same time, while she no notion o' gitt'n' him cotch, she believe she dess djuty-bound to head-off his devilment. 'Tis dess like I heah' Mr. Goshen say to Miss Hahpeh, 'Dis ...
— The Cavalier • George Washington Cable

... reward and rifle of honour to be presented to the Frenchman who might fortunately succeed in killing the King of Prussia. As the German officer was so anxious to ascertain what the popular feeling in Paris might be, and whether it favoured further resistance, it occurred to me, in a spirit of devilment as it were, to present him with the aforesaid journals, for which he expressed his heartfelt thanks, and then ...
— My Days of Adventure - The Fall of France, 1870-71 • Ernest Alfred Vizetelly

Words linked to "Devilment" :   misbehaviour, hell, mischief-making, misdeed, malicious mischief, monkey business, shenanigan, blaze, hooliganism, roguishness, misbehavior, vandalism, devil

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