Definition of The devil

1. Noun. Something difficult or awkward to do or deal with. "It will be the devil to solve"

Generic synonyms: Difficulty, Trouble

Definition of The devil

1. Adverb. (idiomatic) (non-gloss definition Used to add emphasis to a question or statement.) ¹

2. Noun. (&lit the devil) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of The Devil

the bends
the big six
the big sleep
the bigger they are, the harder they fall
the bigs
the bill, please
the bomb
the boot is on the other foot
the buck stops here
the calculus
the combined tendinous expansions of the sartorius
the consultation
the course of true love never did run smooth
the cure is worse than the ill
the cure is worse than the illness
the devil (current term)
the devil you say
the die is cast
the dogs bark, but the caravan goes on
the doldrums
the early bird catches the worm
the early bird gets the worm
the end all-be all
the end justifies the means
the end of one's rope
the ends justify the means
the enemy of your enemy is your friend
the finger
the fix is in

Literary usage of The devil

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

1. Hamlet by William Shakespeare (2001)
"1845) both conjectured 'If habit's devil;' the latter paraphrases: 'If that monster, custom, which in general is the devil of habit, ..."

2. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (1846)
"... who continually, with the oil of his grace, maintains the work already begun in the heart; by the means of which, notwithstanding what the devil can do, ..."

3. The pilgrim's progress from this world to that which is to come by John Bunyan (1879)
"... but indeed will do nothing for him; whose leaves are fair, but their heart good for nothing but to be tinder for the devil's tinder-box. ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"In many works or appearances of an extraordinary character, the devil was ... All representations of the Devil during the first four centuries of our era ..."

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