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bedevil

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verb be·dev·il \bi-ˈde-vəl, bē-\

Simple Definition of bedevil

  • : to trouble (someone or something) in a constant or repeated way : to cause repeated problems for (someone or something)

Full Definition of bedevil

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to possess with or as if with a devil

  3. 2 :  to cause distress :  trouble

  4. 3 :  to change for the worse :  spoil

  5. 4 :  to confuse utterly

be·dev·il·ment play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of bedevil

  1. The theory bedevils scientists, none of whom have been able to prove it true or false.

  2. The project has been bedeviled by problems since its inception.



1574

First Known Use of bedevil

1574



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