Definition of Devil

1. Noun. (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell.

2. Verb. Cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations. "The performance is likely to devil Sue"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

3. Noun. An evil supernatural being.
Exact synonyms: Daemon, Daimon, Demon, Fiend
Generic synonyms: Evil Spirit
Specialized synonyms: Incubus, Succuba, Succubus, Dibbuk, Dybbuk
Derivative terms: Demonize, Devilize

4. Verb. Coat or stuff with a spicy paste. "The chefs devil the vegetables"; "Devilled eggs"
Category relationships: Cookery, Cooking, Preparation
Generic synonyms: Cook, Fix, Make, Prepare, Ready

5. Noun. A word used in exclamations of confusion. "The dickens you say"
Exact synonyms: Deuce, Dickens
Generic synonyms: Exclaiming, Exclamation

6. Noun. A rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man). "He chased the young hellions out of his yard"
Exact synonyms: Heller, Hellion
Generic synonyms: Bad Hat, Mischief-maker, Trouble Maker, Troublemaker, Troubler
Derivative terms: Diabolic

7. Noun. A cruel wicked and inhuman person.
Exact synonyms: Demon, Fiend, Monster, Ogre
Generic synonyms: Disagreeable Person, Unpleasant Person
Specialized synonyms: Demoniac
Derivative terms: Demonic, Demonize, Devilize, Diabolic, Diabolic, Monstrous

Definition of Devil

1. n. The Evil One; Satan, represented as the tempter and spiritual of mankind.

2. v. t. To make like a devil; to invest with the character of a devil.

Definition of Devil

1. Proper noun. (theology) The chief devil; Satan. ¹

2. Noun. (theology) A creature of hell. ¹

3. Noun. (theology) ('''the devil''' ''or'' '''the Devil''') The chief devil; Satan. ¹

4. Noun. The bad part of the conscience; the opposite to the angel. ¹

5. Noun. A wicked or naughty person, or one who harbors reckless, spirited energy, especially in a mischievous way; usually said of a young child. ¹

6. Noun. A thing that is awkward or difficult to understand or do. ¹

7. Noun. (context: euphemistically with an article as an intensifier) Hell. ¹

8. Noun. A person, especially a man; used to express a particular opinion of him, usually in the phrases '''poor devil''' and '''lucky devil'''. ¹

9. Noun. A dust devil. ¹

10. Noun. (religion Christian Science) An evil or erroneous entity. ¹

11. Noun. (context: dialectical places) barren, unproductive and unused, as in (term devil strip).Dictionary of Regional American English[ Word Detective: Tales from the berm] ¹

12. Verb. To annoy or bother; to bedevil. ¹

13. Verb. To work as a ‘devil’; to work for a lawyer or writer without fee or recognition. ¹

14. Verb. To grill with cayenne pepper; to season highly in cooking, as with pepper. ¹

15. Verb. To finely grind cooked ham or other meat with spices and condiments. ¹

16. Verb. To prepare a sidedish of shelled halved boiled eggs to whose extracted yolks are added condiments and spices, which mixture then is placed into the halved whites to be served. ¹

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Definition of Devil

1. to prepare food with pungent seasoning [v -ILED, -ILING, -ILS or -ILLED, -ILLING, -ILS]

Medical Definition of Devil

1. 1. The Evil One; Satan, represented as the tempter and spiritual of mankind. "[Jesus] being forty days tempted of the devil." (Luke iv. 2) "That old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world." (Rev. Xii. 9) 2. An evil spirit; a demon. "A dumb man possessed with a devil." (Matt. Ix. 32) 3. A very wicked person; hence, any great evil. "That devil Glendower." "The devil drunkenness." "Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?" (John vi. 70) 4. An expletive of surprise, vexation, or emphasis, or, ironically, of negation. "The devil a puritan that he is, . . . But a timepleaser." (Shak) "The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare, But wonder how the devil they got there." (Pope) 5. A dish, as a bone with the meat, broiled and excessively peppered; a grill with Cayenne pepper. "Men and women busy in baking, broiling, roasting oysters, and preparing devils on the gridiron." (Sir W. Scott) 6. A machine for tearing or cutting rags, cotton, etc. Blue devils. See Blue. Cartesian devil. See Cartesian. Devil bird, one of two or more South African drongo shrikes (Edolius retifer, and E. Remifer), believed by the natives to be connected with sorcery. Devil may care, reckless, defiant of authority; used adjectively. Devil's apron, a very savage carnivorous marsupial of Tasmania (Dasyurus, or Diabolus, ursinus). To play devil with, to molest extremely; to ruin. Origin: AS. Deofol, deoful; akin to G. Eufel, Goth. Diabaolus; all fr. L. Diabolus the devil, Gr. The devil, the slanderer, fr. To slander, calumniate, orig, to throw across; across + to throw, let fall, fall; cf. Skr. Gal to fall. Cf. Diabolic. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Devil

device approval
device characteristic
device driver
devil (current term)
devil's advocate
devil's advocates
devil's apples
devil's cigar
devil's claw
devil's coach-horse
devil's coach-horses
devil's darning-needle
devil's darning needle
devil's fig
devil's flax
devil's food
devil's food cake
devil's food cakes

Literary usage of Devil

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Library of the World's Best Literature: Ancient and Modern by Edward Cornelius Towne (1897)
"HOW THE devil TOOK TO HIMSELF AN OLD WIFE ONE day the devil came to earth, ... To him the devil now did speak: — "We both are doctors, and do seek Men of ..."

2. Publications by English Dialect Society (1894)
"When they got to the barn, the farmer said to the devil, ' Which oot thee do, ... Thresh,' said the devil. So the farmer got o' top o' the mow and begun to ..."

3. The Contemporary Review (1876)
"DEMONOLATRY, devil-DANCING, AND DEMONIACAL POSSESSION. THE main object which I have in view in writing this paper is to elicit information. ..."

4. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1908)
"Among French folk beliefs as to the night-comings of the devil are these: 1. If a chair or a stool is left upside down the devil will come. 2. ..."

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