“As is often said, the devil gets the best lines,” said Yost.
Someone who had known her for years told Davies that she could at times seem like “the beating heart of the devil.”
Miranda Priestley berating her magazine underlings in The devil Wears Prada.
He has kept “the devil way down in the hole,” writes Horspool, by seeming to have done a deal with the angels.
In an unlikely pairing, this minister of funk co-starred alongside Marilyn Manson in the 2002 short film Beat the devil.
Why the devil did that thing hang there for ages, and then come down on me today?
The only conceivable explanation was that he had made a pact with the devil.
If so, you must have one of each—a large one, I said—what the devil's the use of that?
The crew agreed that it could be none other than the devil himself.
But the devil overshadows him with his horns, and carries him off.
Old English deofol "evil spirit, a devil, the devil, false god, diabolical person," from Late Latin diabolus (also the source of Italian diavolo, French diable, Spanish diablo; German Teufel is Old High German tiufal, from Latin via Gothic diabaulus).
The Late Latin word is from Ecclesiastical Greek diabolos, in Jewish and Christian use, "Devil, Satan" (scriptural loan-translation of Hebrew satan), in general use "accuser, slanderer," from diaballein "to slander, attack," literally "throw across," from dia- "across, through" + ballein "to throw" (see ballistics). Jerome re-introduced Satan in Latin bibles, and English translators have used both in different measures.
In Vulgate, as in Greek, diabolus and dæmon (see demon) were distinct, but they have merged in English and other Germanic languages.
Playful use for "clever rogue" is from c.1600. Meaning "sand spout, dust storm" is from 1835. In U.S. place names, the word often represents a native word such as Algonquian manito, more properly "spirit, god." Phrase a devil way (late 13c.) was originally an emphatic form of away, but taken by late 14c. as an expression of irritation.
Devil's books "playing cards" is from 1729, but the cited quote says they've been called that "time out of mind" (the four of clubs is the devil's bedposts); devil's coach-horse is from 1840, the large rove-beetle, which is defiant when disturbed. "Talk of the Devil, and he's presently at your elbow" [1660s].