One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he gave a wide, devilish grin’
diabolical, diabolic, fiendish, satanic, demonic, demoniac, demoniacal, Mephistophelian
hellish, infernal, Hadean
2‘what devilish torture had they dreamed up?’
wicked, evil, accursed, sinful, iniquitous, nefarious, vile, foul, abominable, unspeakable, loathsome, monstrous, atrocious, heinous, hideous, odious, horrible, horrifying, shocking, appalling, dreadful, awful, terrible, ghastly, abhorrent, despicable, damnable, villainous, shameful, depraved, perverted, ungodly, dark, black, black-hearted, immoral, amoral
vicious, cruel, savage, brutish, bestial, barbaric, barbarous
rare cacodemonic, egregious, flagitious, facinorous
3‘it turned out to be a devilish job’
difficult, tricky, ticklish, troublesome, thorny, awkward, problematic, problem, impossible, messy
informal a bitch of a, the devil of a, the very devil of a
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