- 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 bedevilment
He felt as in some hideous dream—long-involved—a maze of delusion and bedevilment, from which there was no escape.Mount Royal, Volume 3 of 3
Mary Elizabeth Braddon
But having entered, the confusion and bedevilment was ten times worse than even in the churchyard itself.
Scotland is the home of weird, uncanny creatures, who take lovely shapes for the bedevilment of poor weak souls.Behind A Mask, Or A Woman's Power
A. M. Barnard
Isabelle did not formulate any plan of bedevilment for the Captain, but she watched for opportunities with lynx-eyed attention.The Cricket
She had helped him—I had his own word for it that at Clockborough her bedevilment of the voters had really put him in.The Coxon Fund
- to harass or torment
- to throw into confusion
- to possess, as with a devil
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Word Origin and History for bedevilment
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