- (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
All this was brought about by the evil power and influence of the deviling.Flemish Legends|Charles de Coster
Indian, it seemed, was always thought of whenever there was any deviling to be done.A Cadet's Honor|Upton Sinclair
To-day both officers and men were in the gun pits and I with them, while they were deviling with Fritzy.The War Romance of the Salvation Army|Evangeline Booth and Grace Livingston Hill
"There's a h—l's mint of deviling, tormenting rebel cavalry out there beyond the hills," they called out to the regiment.Si Klegg, Book 6 (of 6)|John McElroy
"He's deviling me all the time," Meldrum complained to the owner of the horse ranch.The Sheriff's Son|William MacLeod Raine
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