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  • Reckless mischief; wild spirits.

    ‘his eyes were blazing with devilment’
    • ‘‘When the time comes and the legs do give up I will find some other devilment to get up to,’ she joked.’
    • ‘His teacher, Imelda Mulligan said: ‘Brian was a boy who loved life itself and his eyes were full of devilment.’’
    • ‘‘It was pure devilment, really,’ O'Neill says.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And being part of a crowd has obligations - not shouting ‘fire’ for devilment, for example, in a crowded room.’
    • ‘We need to get at them at the back, play well, and have a little bit of devilment in our finishing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sheer devilment made me raise someone's bid at the last minute.’
    • ‘He played with panache, skill and a touch of devilment.’
    • ‘Out of devilment, Ferguson then had the audacity to offer a four-to-one bet that Larsson would not score against his team.’
    • ‘Speaking of this time in his life brings a beaming grin to his face - a mixture of devilment and sheer happiness.’
    • ‘It is a chance to express their natural desire for a little creative devilment, usually at the expense of their conformist elders.’
    • ‘There is too much spring in his step and devilment in his game.’
    • ‘I thought, just for devilment, I wonder - if I grew a beard would they throw me out?’
    • ‘He was as bright as a button, full of humour and with a large dash of devilment thrown in!’
    • ‘In the second half, we dominated and with a little more devilment in the box could have won the game.’
    • ‘We ought not to participate in devilment by tolerating it.’
    mischief, naughtiness, badness, bad behaviour, misbehaviour, mischievousness, troublemaking, misconduct, misdemeanour, perversity, disobedience, pranks, impishness, tricks, larks, capers, nonsense, roguery, rascality, devilry, funny business
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/ˈdevəlmənt/ /ˈdɛvəlmənt/