verb (used with object), be·dev·iled, be·dev·il·ing or (especially British) be·dev·illed, be·dev·il·ling.
Origin of bedevil
Examples from the Web for bedevil
Matthew Yglesias on how President Obama can woo back liberals, bedevil the GOP—and change the outcome this fall.
And the rifts produced by the idea-besotted '60s continue to bedevil us.
What's become of that little boot-black that you used to bedevil?Gabriel Conroy|Bert Harte
This contract in a very few years arose to bedevil the railroad situation in the North Country.The Story of the Rome, Watertown, and Ogdensburg RailRoad|Edward Hungerford
Of all the vegetables calculated to bedevil human beings, he decided, growing corn was the worst.The Duck-footed Hound|James Arthur Kjelgaard
I've been listening to you trying to bedevil that man out there, but I'm afraid your humor is a little on the slap-stick order.Wide Courses|James Brendan Connolly
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
verb -ils, -illing or -illed or US -ils, -iling or -iled (tr)
1768, "to treat diabolically, abuse," from be- + verbal use of devil (q.v.). Meaning "to mischievously confuse" is from 1755; that of "to drive frantic" is from 1823. Related: Bedeviled (1570s, in a literal sense, "possessed"); bedeviling.