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3 definitions found
 for devilish
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Devilish \Dev"il*ish\, a.
     1. Resembling, characteristic of, or pertaining to, the
        devil; diabolical; wicked in the extreme. "Devilish
        wickedness." --Sir P. Sidney.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is
              earthly, sensual, devilish.           --James iii.
                                                    15.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Extreme; excessive. [Colloq.] --Dryden.
  
     Syn: Diabolical; infernal; hellish; satanic; wicked;
          malicious; detestable; destructive. -- Dev"il*ish*ly,
          adv. -- Dev"il*ish*ness, n.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  devilish
      adv 1: in a playfully devilish manner; "the socialists are
             further handicapped if they believe that capitalists are
             not only wicked but also devilishly clever" [syn:
             devilishly, devilish]
      adj 1: showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of
             a devil; "devilish schemes"; "the cold calculation and
             diabolic art of some statesmen"; "the diabolical
             expression on his face"; "a mephistophelian glint in his
             eye" [syn: devilish, diabolic, diabolical,
             mephistophelian, mephistophelean]
      2: playful in an appealingly bold way; "a roguish grin" [syn:
         devilish, rascally, roguish]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  114 Moby Thesaurus words for "devilish":
     Acherontic, Draconian, Lethean, Mephistophelian, Plutonian,
     Plutonic, Stygian, Tartarean, accursed, animal, anthropophagous,
     arch, atrocious, bad, barbaric, barbarous, beastly, bestial,
     bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody-minded, brutal, brutalized, brute,
     brutish, cannibalistic, chthonian, chthonic, crazy, cruel,
     cruel-hearted, cursed, damnable, demoniac, demoniacal, demonic,
     demonish, demonlike, devil-like, diabolic, diabolical, elfish,
     elvish, evil, execrable, fell, feral, ferocious, fiendish,
     fiendlike, fierce, flagitious, foolish, full of mischief, ghoulish,
     heinous, hellborn, hellish, high-spirited, impish, infernal,
     inhuman, inhumane, iniquitous, knavish, madcap, maleficent,
     malevolent, malign, malignant, mischief-loving, mischievous,
     murderous, naughty, nefarious, ogreish, pandemoniac, pandemonic,
     playful, prankish, pranksome, pranky, puckish, purgatorial,
     roguish, ruthless, sadistic, sanguinary, sanguineous, satanic,
     savage, scampish, scapegrace, serpentine, sharkish, sinful,
     sinister, slavering, sportive, subhuman, sulfurous, trickish,
     tricksy, truculent, unchristian, uncivilized, ungodly, unhallowed,
     unhuman, vicious, villainous, waggish, wicked, wolfish
  
  

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