EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of bedevil
First recorded in
devil Related forms be·dev·il·ment, noun
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Related Words for bedeviling annoy
bewilder Examples from the Web for bedeviling Historical Examples of bedeviling
In less than two years the world was rid of most of what had been
bedeviling him by her support and communications.
Bud was oblivious, for he had come into Bennett's Woods to try to solve the problems that were
And as the
bedeviling thing had begun, so it had continued, losing none of its potency for evil. British Dictionary definitions for bedeviling 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 bedevilment, noun
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Word Origin and History for bedeviling v.
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.
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