be·​dev·​il·​ing | \ bi-ˈde-və-liŋ How to pronounce bedeviling (audio) , bē- \

Definition of bedeviling

: causing trouble, distress, or confusion : vexing a bedeviling variety of options … space can be as bedeviling as time.— Thomas Mallon … the bedeviling phenomenon known as lower back pain.— Alfred Meyer

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Other Words from bedeviling

bedevilingly adverb
… had developed a keen sense of how bedevilingly hard it was to control the boisterous energies released by the American Revolution. — Joseph J. Ellis

Examples of bedeviling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Links golf can be a confounding swirl of bedeviling wind, crazy bounces, knee-high hay. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 July 2021 Only playing the course offers a true understanding of Augusta National’s imposing length, steep elevation changes and tilted, bedeviling greens. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Apr. 2021 The most bedeviling and common lingering symptom seems to be fatigue, but researchers caution against calling it chronic fatigue syndrome. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, 31 July 2020

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First Known Use of bedeviling

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bedeviling was in 1881

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“Bedeviling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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