BED-EVIL

bedevil

[bih-dev-uhl]
verb (used with object), bedeviled, bedeviling or (especially British) bedevilled, bedevilling.
1.
to torment or harass maliciously or diabolically, as with doubts, distractions, or worries.
2.
to possess, as with a devil; bewitch.
3.
to cause confusion or doubt in; muddle; confound: an issue bedeviled by prejudices.
4.
to beset or hamper continuously: a new building bedeviled by elevator failures.

Origin:
1760–70; be- + devil

bedevilment, noun
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bedevil (bɪˈdɛvəl)
 
vb , (US) -ils, -illing, -illed, -ils, -iling, -iled
1.  to harass or torment
2.  to throw into confusion
3.  to possess, as with a devil
 
be'devilment
 
n

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bedevil
1768, "to treat diabolically, abuse," from be- + verbal use of devil (q.v.). Meaning "to drive frantic" is from 1823.
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