Definition of devilment in English:

devilment

noun

mass noun
  • Reckless mischief; wild spirits.

    ‘his eyes were blazing with devilment’
    • ‘We need to get at them at the back, play well, and have a little bit of devilment in our finishing.’
    • ‘Speaking of this time in his life brings a beaming grin to his face - a mixture of devilment and sheer happiness.’
    • ‘There is too much spring in his step and devilment in his game.’
    • ‘In the second half, we dominated and with a little more devilment in the box could have won the game.’
    • ‘His teacher, Imelda Mulligan said: ‘Brian was a boy who loved life itself and his eyes were full of devilment.’’
    • ‘Life, it seems, had other plans for Jim; perhaps it had become a bit dull up on high and they coveted his unique brand of devilment.’
    • ‘‘When the time comes and the legs do give up I will find some other devilment to get up to,’ she joked.’
    • ‘There was more devilment than conviction, but the comment spoke volumes about how McLeish and his players' morale had been transformed by the little matter of putting one over on Celtic.’
    • ‘Her pleasant smile, the glint in the eye and genuine sense of fun and devilment made her very popular and you were always assured of a good laugh and a merry time when she was around the place.’
    • ‘Sheer devilment made me raise someone's bid at the last minute.’
    • ‘Out of devilment, Ferguson then had the audacity to offer a four-to-one bet that Larsson would not score against his team.’
    • ‘Her hearty, infectious laugh and sense of devilment endeared her to everyone in the community as evidenced by the crowds who turned out for her removal to St. Joseph's, Geevagh on Tuesday evening.’
    • ‘And being part of a crowd has obligations - not shouting ‘fire’ for devilment, for example, in a crowded room.’
    • ‘We ought not to participate in devilment by tolerating it.’
    • ‘He was as bright as a button, full of humour and with a large dash of devilment thrown in!’
    • ‘‘It was pure devilment, really,’ O'Neill says.’
    • ‘No doubt eldest will not say a word until Christmas lunch when she'll engineer a spat just for pure devilment, saying ‘why didn't she get a say?’’
    • ‘He played with panache, skill and a touch of devilment.’
    • ‘I thought, just for devilment, I wonder - if I grew a beard would they throw me out?’
    • ‘It is a chance to express their natural desire for a little creative devilment, usually at the expense of their conformist elders.’

Pronunciation

devilment

/ˈdɛv(ə)lm(ə)nt/