- (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
For this event, the devil was in the details, which were incredibly challenging to pin down, as we explained in our forecasts.Why our snow forecast missed the mark Thursday morning|Jason Samenow|February 18, 2021|Washington Post
Officially, the feds still consider the devil’s weed a dangerous drug, but there’s been a softening of attitudes.Sacramento Report: Lawmakers Zero in on Police Hiring and Training|Sara Libby and Kelly Davis|February 12, 2021|Voice of San Diego
During the Mad Men-esque meeting of the housewives to prepare for the talent show in Episode 2, the Queen Bee of the group quips, “the devil is in the details.”All the Marvel Clues You Missed in WandaVision's First Two Episodes|Eliana Dockterman|January 15, 2021|Time
She is even told by her neighbor and mentor, a witch named Agatha Harkness, that her children aren’t real but rather an illusion conjured by a combination of her own powers and those of Maphisto, the devil of the Marvel Universe.Everything You Need to Know Before Watching WandaVision|Eliana Dockterman|January 14, 2021|Time
And that gets in the way of any international solutions to the problems deviling the region.War of Words Between Israel and UN Continues|Betsy Pisik|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"He's deviling me all the time," Meldrum complained to the owner of the horse ranch.The Sheriff's Son|William MacLeod Raine
"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
I got back to the Toban and found slander accusing me of sporting in the city, deviling around with liquor and women.Joan of Arc of the North Woods|Holman Day
You've been deviling me for that five hundred dollars till I'm sick of listening to you.Old Man Curry|Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
As for this deviling, we will do our best to satisfy him, according to our means.Flemish Legends|Charles de Coster
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