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bedevil

[ bih-dev-uhl ]
/ bɪˈdɛv əl /
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verb (used with object), be·dev·iled, be·dev·il·ing or (especially British) be·dev·illed, be·dev·il·ling.

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.

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Origin of bedevil

First recorded in 1760–70; be- + devil

OTHER WORDS FROM bedevil

be·dev·il·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bedevil

bedevil
/ (bɪˈdɛvəl) /

verb -ils, -illing or -illed or US -ils, -iling or -iled (tr)

to harass or torment
to throw into confusion
to possess, as with a devil

Derived forms of bedevil

bedevilment, noun
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