Definition of bedevil in English:

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Pronunciation: /bəˈdevəl/

verb (bedevils, bedeviling, bedeviled; also chiefly British bedevils, bedevilling, bedevilled)

[with object]
1(Of something bad) cause great and continual trouble to: inconsistencies that bedevil modern English spelling
More example sentences
  • Treating the Universe as a hologram might solve one of the biggest problems bedeviling modern physics.
  • This is the Buenos Aires I have fallen in love with, full of inconsistencies, bedeviled by its tragic circumstances.
  • Legal issues continue to bedevil the e-book market.
1.1(Of a person) torment or harass: he bedeviled them with petty practical jokes
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  • He can bedevil his opponent all through the February primaries and caucuses in 17 states.
  • When not bedevilled by his personal demons his mind is razor-sharp and positive and he uses his cue as if it was a magician's wand.
  • But the voices continued to bedevil her, and later that year she was committed to Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.
afflict, torment, beset, assail, beleaguer, plague, blight, rack, oppress, harry, curse, dog;
harass, distress, trouble, worry, torture;
frustrate, vex, annoy, irritate, irk



Pronunciation: /bəˈdevəlmənt/
Example sentences
  • I guarantee that none of the lessons I've prescribed will take root; I will swear at traffic, get peeved at fellow mortals, drop off to sleep thinking about the petty bedevilments of the coming day.
  • ‘The worst bedevilment of all is being in exile within one's own skin,’ he wrote.
  • They did create chances, but failure to take them has been the bedevilment of their season.

Words that rhyme with bedevil

bevel, devil, dishevel, kevel, level, revel, split-level

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Syllabification: be·dev·il

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