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  • resembling or characteristic of a devil
         A devilish grin.
  • (informal) extreme
         Devilishly good.
  • (1) demonic, diabolic, diabolical
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

DEVILISH. Very: an epithet which in the English vulgar
language is made to agree with every quality or thing;
as, devilish bad, devilish good; devilish sick, devilish well;
devilish sweet, devilish sour; devilish hot, devilish cold,
&c. &c.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)

Dev"il*ish, a. 1. Resembling, characteristic of, or pertaining to, the devil; diabolical; wicked in the extreme. "Devilish wickedness." Sir P. Sidney.

This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
James iii. 15.

2. Extreme; excessive. [Colloq.] Dryden.

Syn. -- Diabolical; infernal; hellish; satanic; wicked; malicious; detestable; destructive.

-- Dev"il*ish*ly, adv. -- Dev"il*ish*ness, n.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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