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bedevil

[bih-dev-uh l] /bɪˈdɛv əl/
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 of bedevil
1760-1770
1760-70; be- + devil
Related forms
bedevilment, noun
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  • Paul Kelpy, thou wert an honest cut-throat, to bedevil so good a house: we turn it to account—ha, ha!

  • Which, by the same token, presently lost track of him entirely, and wandered off to find and bedevil some other poor devil.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • What's become of that little boot-black that you used to bedevil?

    Gabriel Conroy Bert Harte
  • Of all the vegetables calculated to bedevil human beings, he decided, growing corn was the worst.

    The Duck-footed Hound James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • I've been listening to you trying to bedevil that man out there, but I'm afraid your humor is a little on the slap-stick order.

    Wide Courses James Brendan Connolly
  • This contract in a very few years arose to bedevil the railroad situation in the North Country.

  • And I love him for it, although I believe I do like to bedevil him a little.

    The Prairie Wife Arthur Stringer
British Dictionary definitions for bedevil

bedevil

/bɪˈdɛvəl/
verb (transitive) -ils, -illing, -illed (US) -ils, -iling, -iled
1.
to harass or torment
2.
to throw into confusion
3.
to possess, as with a devil
Derived Forms
bedevilment, noun
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Word Origin and History for bedevil
v.

1768, "to treat diabolically, abuse," from be- + verbal use of devil (q.v.). Meaning "to mischievously confuse" is from 1755; that of "to drive frantic" is from 1823. Related: Bedeviled (1570s, in a literal sense, "possessed"); bedeviling.

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