sell one's soul (to the devil)

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of sell one's soul (to the devil)

: to gain wealth, success, power, etc., by doing something bad or dishonest
  • He has sold his soul (to the devil) for fame and prosperity.

Word by Word Definitions

sell play
  1. : to deliver or give up in violation of duty, trust, or loyalty and especially for personal gain : betray

  2. : to give up (property) to another for something of value (such as money)

  3. : to offer for sale

  1. : a deliberate deception : hoax

  2. : the act or an instance of selling

  3. : something to be sold or caused to be accepted

  1. : saddle

  1. : chiefly Scottish variant of self

soul play
  1. : the immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life

  2. : the spiritual principle embodied in human beings, all rational and spiritual beings, or the universe

  3. : god

  1. : of, relating to, or characteristic of black Americans or their culture

  2. : designed for or controlled by blacks

devil play
  1. : the personal supreme spirit of evil often represented in Jewish and Christian belief as the tempter of humankind, the leader of all apostate angels, and the ruler of hell

  2. : an evil spirit : demon

  3. : an extremely wicked person : fiend

  1. : to season highly

  2. : tease, annoy


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