bedevil

verb be·dev·il \ bi-ˈde-vəl , bē- \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of bedevil

transitive verb
1 : to possess with or as if with a devil
2 : to cause distress : trouble
3 : to change for the worse : spoil
4 : to confuse utterly

bedevilment

play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of bedevil in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of bedevil

1574


BEDEVIL Defined for English Language Learners

bedevil

verb

Definition of bedevil for English Language Learners

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


BEDEVIL Defined for Kids

bedevil

verb be·dev·il \ bi-ˈde-vəl \

Definition of bedevil for Students

bedeviled; bedevils
: to trouble or annoy again and again
  • bedeviled by problems


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