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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Example sentences
Keeping those promises will soon start to bedevil the administration.
Many of those cases have been finally decided and provide guidance on questions
  that bedevil human resource employees.
Issues of appropriate weighting in the aggregation process will presumably
  always bedevil us.
Epidemics continued to bedevil the troops, especially lethal yellow fever.
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