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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Word Origin & History

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
Our city is bedeviled by such ingrained hierarchies.
These chips suffer only one tenth the energy leakage that bedeviled their
  predecessors, which gives them longer battery life.
The father was bedeviled by chronic procrastination and low energy and a robust
  depression.
If this sounds familiar it is because similar scandals bedeviled the previous
  two holders of the farm minister's portfolio.
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