- (sometimes initial capital letter) the supreme spirit of evil; Satan.
- a subordinate evil spirit at enmity with God, and having power to afflict humans both with bodily disease and with spiritual corruption.
Idioms about devil
- to fail completely; lose all hope or chance of succeeding.
- to become depraved.
- (an expletive expressing annoyance, disgust, impatience, etc.)
- to cause a commotion or disturbance.
- to celebrate wildly; revel.
- to make an emphatic protest or take drastic measures.
Origin of devil
OTHER WORDS FROM deviloutdevil, verb (used with object), out·dev·iled, out·dev·il·ing or (especially British) out·dev·illed, out·dev·il·ling.sub·dev·il, nounun·der·dev·il, noun
Words nearby devil
How to use devil in a sentence
Bags as high as half a man, great chunks of the stuff that burn to the devil’s specs, cook an entire nation’s food and consume forests.
As for whether the solution makes sense, well, the devil will be in the detail.Europe is walking a tightrope with its looming antitrust reforms|David Meyer|October 12, 2020|Fortune
I had no control and I was just spiraling downward and he was just the devil at the bottom waiting for me.She Was Afraid of Her Lawyer. Then the Text Messages Started.|by Samantha Hogan, The Maine Monitor|October 8, 2020|ProPublica
However, when it comes to SEO, the devil isn’t in the details or yet another little known keyword targeting and overall research technique you’ve dugout.A five-step framework for effective keyword targeting in 2020|Aleh Barysevich|October 8, 2020|Search Engine Watch
For publishers, the devil is in the shadowy detailsExperts warn that shadier vendors will often tuck unfavorable terms into contracts.In the race to shore up revenue, publishers are overlooking deal terms|RevContent|September 29, 2020|Digiday
Wiseman as Samuel is alternately Devil-child and a cute young kid.
The West would be wise to think of Putin as the devil it knows.
Can we imagine Stephen Vincent Benet writing The Devil and Barbara Boxer?
For both the possessed and the priest-practitioner, driving out the devil can be dangerous to mind, body and spirit.
He says certain books, and even scary Halloween horror movies, tempt people to the devil.
Thus was the man left entirely to the devil, not even his life being reserved, as in the case of Job.Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
He desired his secretary to go to the devil, but, thinking better of it, he recalled him as he reached the door.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
I cannot believe that a good God would create or tolerate a Devil, nor that he would allow the Devil to tempt man.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
As the devil never wanted insinuators, I shall observe, that I learned a way how to make a man dream of what I pleased.
One day she had heard a man say, "If there is a drought we shall have the devil to pay with our stock before winter is over."Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for devil
- to fail or become dissipated
- (interjection) used to express annoyance with the person causing it
- to cause a commotion
- to make a great protest
- used in such phrases as what the devil, where the devil, etc
- an exclamation of anger, surprise, disgust, etc
Word Origin for devil
Cultural definitions for devil
Other Idioms and Phrases with devil
In addition to the idioms beginning with devil
- devil and deep blue sea
- devil of a
- devil take the hindmost, the
- devil to pay, the
- between a rock and a hard place (devil and deep blue sea)
- full of it (the devil)
- give someone hell (the devil)
- give the devil his due
- go to hell (the devil)
- luck of the devil
- play the devil with
- raise Cain (the devil)
- speak of the devil