- (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.
verb (used with object), dev·iled, dev·il·ing or (especially British) dev·illed, dev·il·ling.
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Idioms for 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
Example sentences from the Web for devil
“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.
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.
Deviled eggs are a cocktail-party staple and are magnetic in their ability to attract even abstemious guests.
Mizzi retired with a heightened color, and he sat down with satisfaction to the cricket reports and deviled kidneys.The Gay Adventure|Richard Bird
There was a cold chicken on the sideboard, deviled chicken on the table, and a trio of boiled eggs, and a dish of scrambled eggs.Love Among the Chickens|P. G. Wodehouse
The yolks of the eggs may be removed and deviled or highly seasoned.The Khaki Kook Book|Mary Kennedy Core
One wouldn't mind standing a rise in broiled lobsters or deviled crabs.Strictly Business|O. Henry
But she was on Jake; she deviled us into letting her take him.Skyrider|B. M. Bower
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
verb -ils, -illing or -illed or US -ils, -iling or -iled
Word Origin for devil
Cultural definitions for devil
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