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.

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First Known Use of bedevil

1574


BEDEVIL Defined for English Language Learners

bedevil

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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

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bedevils

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



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