- to torment or harass maliciously or diabolically, as with doubts, distractions, or worries.
- to possess, as with a devil; bewitch.
- to cause confusion or doubt in; muddle; confound: an issue bedeviled by prejudices.
- to beset or hamper continuously: a new building bedeviled by elevator failures.
Origin of bedevil
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Examples from the Web for bedevil
What's become of that little boot-black that you used to bedevil?Gabriel Conroy
And I love him for it, although I believe I do like to bedevil him a little.The Prairie Wife
Which, by the same token, presently lost track of him entirely, and wandered off to find and bedevil some other poor devil.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Paul Kelpy, thou wert an honest cut-throat, to bedevil so good a house: we turn it to account—ha, ha!Rob of the Bowl, Vol. I (of 2)
John P. Kennedy
Of all the vegetables calculated to bedevil human beings, he decided, growing corn was the worst.The Duck-footed Hound
James Arthur Kjelgaard
- to harass or torment
- to throw into confusion
- to possess, as with a devil
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Word Origin and History for bedevil
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