the Devil

Definition of the Devil

  1. :  the most powerful spirit of evil in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam who is often represented as the ruler of hell

Word by Word Definitions

devilplay Devil
  1. :  an evil spirit :  demon

    :  an extremely wicked person :  fiend

    :  a great evil

  1. :  to season highly

    :  tease, annoy


the devil

Definition of the devil

informal

  1. 1 —used to make a statement or question more forceful What the devil are you talking about? Where the devil have you been?

  2. 2 :  something that is very difficult or that causes a lot of trouble The shoes look great, but they're the devil to walk in.

Word by Word Definitions

devilplay
  1. :  an evil spirit :  demon

    :  an extremely wicked person :  fiend

    :  a great evil

  1. :  to season highly

    :  tease, annoy


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up the Devil? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

an extremely thin woman

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!