bedevil

verb
be·​dev·​il | \ bi-ˈde-vəl How to pronounce bedevil (audio) , bē- \
bedeviled; bedeviling; bedevils

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

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Other Words from bedevil

bedevilment \ bi-​ˈde-​vəl-​mənt How to pronounce bedevilment (audio) , bē-​ \ noun

Examples of bedevil in a Sentence

The theory bedevils scientists, none of whom have been able to prove it true or false. The project has been bedeviled by problems since its inception.
Recent Examples on the Web Stubborn unemployment, low wages, poor housing conditions, and inadequate health care continue to bedevil many African Americans in and around this city—and then the coronavirus pandemic came to town. Brett Pulley, Bloomberg.com, "Atlanta Protests Reveal Divides in Bastion of Black Success," 8 June 2020 After the 2018 debacle, Brown made some adjustments, including the implementation of more zone coverages to combat the crossing routes and mesh concepts that bedeviled Michigan. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Ohio State still the ghost that haunts Michigan football," 22 May 2020 Among the technical problems that bedeviled the project were lights that could not switched off, escalators that were too short and rooms that were misnumbered. New York Times, "Berlin’s Newest Airport Prepares for Grand Opening. Again.," 29 Apr. 2020 Energy companies from Orsted A/S to Iberdrola SA reported robust first quarter earnings in a period that has been bedeviled by a slump in energy demand and a collapse in gas prices. Anna Shiryaevskaya, Bloomberg.com, "Green Energy Helps Utilities Survive Slump After Virus Crisis," 10 May 2020 Now there’s an aura of helplessness, anger and a growing impulse among not just evacuees, but even those only bedeviled by the outages, to just give up and move away. Kevin Fagan, SFChronicle.com, "Exhaustion, frustration set in as evacuees flee fires and blackouts," 29 Oct. 2019 John Cleese and Alison Steadman are pensioners in a romantic relationship, bedeviled by immature adult children; Anne Reid is their caustic housekeeper. Robert Lloyd, chicagotribune.com, "The 10 best streaming TV shows you probably aren’t watching," 17 Oct. 2019 John Cleese and Alison Steadman are pensioners in a romantic relationship, bedeviled by immature adult children; Anne Reid is their caustic housekeeper. Los Angeles Times, "The 10 best streaming TV shows you probably aren’t watching," 11 Oct. 2019 After qualifying for the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in franchise history, the Rockies, hamstrung by historically bad pitching, bedeviled by an inconsistent offense, and hamstrung by injuries in the second half, crashlanded. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Broncos vs. Jaguars — a roundup of Denver’s Week 4 loss to Jacksonville," 30 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bedevil

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bedevil was in 1574

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16 Jun 2020

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“Bedevil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bedevil. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for bedevil

bedevil

verb
How to pronounce bedevil (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bedevil

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

bedevil

verb
be·​dev·​il | \ bi-ˈde-vəl How to pronounce bedevil (audio) \
bedeviled; bedevils

Kids Definition of bedevil

: to trouble or annoy again and again bedeviled by problems

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