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.
- be·dev·il·ment, noun
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How to use bedevil in a sentence
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
Isabelle did not formulate any plan of bedevilment for the Captain, but she watched for opportunities with lynx-eyed attention.The Cricket | Marjorie Cooke
So I hope there is the greater chance of no such bedevilment happening to me.The Letters of Charles Dickens | Charles Dickens
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
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 | Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for bedevil
to harass or torment
to throw into confusion
to possess, as with a devil
- bedevilment, noun
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