bedevil

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verb be·dev·il \bi-ˈde-vəl, bē-\

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

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.

1574

First Known Use of bedevil

1574


BEDEVIL Defined for English Language Learners

bedevil

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verb be·dev·il \bi-ˈde-vəl, bē-\

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

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verb be·dev·il \bi-ˈde-vəl\

Definition of bedevil for Students

bedeviled

bedevils

  1. :  to trouble or annoy again and again <bedeviled by problems>



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