One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘some devilry was afoot’
wickedness, evil, evil-doing, evilness, sin, sinfulness, iniquity, iniquitousness, vileness, foulness, baseness, badness, wrong, wrongdoing, dishonesty, unscrupulousness, roguery, villainy, rascality, delinquency, viciousness, devilishness, fiendishness, heinousness
informal crookedness, shadiness
2‘a perverse sense of devilry urged her to lead him on’
mischief, naughtiness, badness, bad behaviour, misbehaviour, mischievousness, troublemaking, misconduct, misdemeanour, perversity, disobedience, pranks, impishness, tricks, larks, capers, nonsense, roguery, rascality, devilment, funny business
informal monkey tricks, monkey business, shenanigans, goings-on, hanky-panky
British informal carry-on, carryings-on, jiggery-pokery
3‘they dabbled in devilry’
black magic, sorcery, magic, witchcraft, wizardry, necromancy, enchantment, spellworking, incantation, the supernatural, occultism, the occult, the black arts, divination, malediction, voodoo, hoodoo, sympathetic magic, witching, witchery
charms, hexes, spells, jinxes
North American mojo, orenda
South African informal muti
rare sortilege, thaumaturgy, theurgy
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