- 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 bedeviled
My case, which is spelled out in detail here, looks back at what bedeviled Presidents as the glow of their return to office faded.How Iraq Became Obama’s War
July 6, 2014
So the Democratic gathering is the second convention to be bedeviled by bad weather.Convention Speech Moved Inside: Rain Foils Obama's Plans
September 5, 2012
But things have not turned out that way, like so much else in this bedeviled relationship.NATO Summit’s Big Loser: Behind Obama’s Snub of Pakistan
May 22, 2012
Marlantes seemed to have escaped the deeper psychic wounds of Vietnam that bedeviled so many combat vets.The Last Vietnam War Epic
John Douglas Marshall
April 8, 2010
Part of it, Sridix says, is to avoid a problem that bedeviled old-fashioned 3-D: headaches.The 3-D Porn Revolution
March 28, 2010
His piece was bedeviled, and he was seeking how best to save it.
He rips her to pieces before us—he would have bedeviled an angel!Characteristics of Women
She has actually been bedeviled, as true as I am a daughter of Israel.The White Terror and The Red
You are the count of the county of Nantes, close to the frontiers of that bedeviled Armorica.The Abbatial Crosier
He had been flayed alive and bedeviled, and worse used than Saint Bartholomew at every stage he had come at.Tobias Smollett
- to harass or torment
- to throw into confusion
- to possess, as with a devil
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Word Origin and History for bedeviled
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