- resembling or characteristic of a devil
A devilish grin.
- (informal) extreme
- (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,
- 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.]
Syn. -- Diabolical; infernal; hellish; satanic; wicked;
malicious; detestable; destructive.
-- Dev"il*ish*ly, adv. --
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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