- (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
How to use devil in a sentence
Not surprisingly, the devil is in the details with this storm, which you can read about in more depth on our detailed storm post.PM Update: Snow starts to pile up on Sunday|Greg Porter|January 30, 2021|Washington Post
Sponsor a Tasmanian devil, wombat or Forester kangaroo for about $38 a year.A virtual menagerie: How conservation and rescue efforts can connect us with wildlife around the world|Andrea Sachs|January 15, 2021|Washington Post
“There will be a lot of devil stuck in the detail,” writes the BBC’s Chris Morris.The essential numbers of the UK’s Brexit trade deal|Jackie Bischof|December 24, 2020|Quartz
So, maybe not the individual overcoming their own biases and blind spots, but that a system could be put in place, with checks and balances, and devil’s advocates on committees and so forth, that would protect against some of these things.Why Do We Seek Comfort in the Familiar? (Ep. 445)|Stephen J. Dubner|December 24, 2020|Freakonomics
The slowdown may stem from population decline — fewer devils means fewer transmission opportunities for a disease that spreads fastest within dense groups.A highly contagious face cancer may not wipe out Tasmanian devils after all|Jonathan Lambert|December 10, 2020|Science News
This, he learned by watching May Bowen; however, to his chagrin, he never did get his grandmother's deviled crab recipe.A Briny, South Carolina Oyster Shack|Jane & Michael Stern|March 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Once an epicurean, caviar-flecked deviled egg emerges on a menu on South Beach, it will be widely copied throughout the nation.6 Food Trends That Should Disappear|Jacquelynn D. Powers|June 25, 2010|DAILY BEAST
Deviled eggs are a cocktail-party staple and are magnetic in their ability to attract even abstemious guests.What to Eat: Classic Hors d'Oeuvres, Revisited|Cookstr.com|November 3, 2009|DAILY BEAST
As will be observed, this is done in practically the same way that lobster is deviled.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3|Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Also deviled whitebait; also shrimps of choice quality; and a platter of small soft-shell crabs of a most superior breed.Life On The Mississippi, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He made rarebits and deviled things with an air that had been handed down from generations of epicures.The Gay Cockade|Temple Bailey
Now that the lake was again storm-deviled, the White Sturgeon was gone.The Spell of the White Sturgeon|James Arthur Kjelgaard
You may also devil them, as described in deviled chicken (Art. 266).French Dishes for American Tables|Pierre Caron
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