Definition of Bedevil

1. Verb. Treat cruelly. "The performance is likely to bedevil Sue"; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"




2. Verb. Be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly. "The performance is likely to bedevil Sue"; "This question befuddled even the teacher"

Definition of Bedevil

1. v. t. To throw into utter disorder and confusion, as if by the agency of evil spirits; to bring under diabolical influence; to torment.

Definition of Bedevil

1. Verb. To harass or cause trouble for; to plague. ¹

2. Verb. To perplex or bewilder. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Bedevil

1. to harass [v -ILED, -ILING, -ILS or -ILLED, -ILLING, -ILS] - See also: harass

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bedevil

bedells
bedelries
bedelry
bedels
bedelve
bedeman
bedemen
beden
bederal
bederals
bederite
bedes
bedesman
bedesmen
bedeswoman
bedevil (current term)
bedeviled
bedeviling
bedevilled
bedevilling
bedevilment
bedevilments
bedevils
bedew
bedewed
bedewer
bedewers
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bedews
bedewy

Literary usage of Bedevil

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1. Discovery and Conquests of the North-west, with the History of Chicago by Rufus Blanchard (1881)
""We don't know that we shall exactly take it, but we shall bedevil the nest." "So," Mr. Lincoln said, "if we don't capture Douglas we shall bedevil his nest ..."

2. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN, Sidney Lee (1886)
"... or Distress'd Love,' and an equally weak farce ' All bedevil'd, or the House in a Hum',' neither of which ..."

3. Thesaurus of English words and phrases by Peter Mark Roget (1883)
"59 ; break the ranks, disconcert, convulse; break in upon. turn topsy-turvy &c. (invert) 21S ; bedevil ; complicate, involve, perplex, confound ; im-, ..."

4. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1853)
"... baa a farce appended to it called All bedevil'd, or the House in a Hurry. Browne was patronised by Hervey, the author of the Meditations. ..."

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