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American English: /ˈdɛvəl/
British English: /ˈdɛv(ə)l/

Translation of devil in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (Religion) the devil
    el demonio
    el diablo
    go to the devil! [colloquial] [dated]
    ¡vete al diablo! [colloquial]
    the devil finds work for idle hands (to do)
    el ocio es la madre de todos los vicios
    the devil is in the detail
    el diablo está or se esconde en los detalles
    the devil looks after his own
    mala hierba or bicho malo nunca muere
    better the devil you know (than the devil you don't) speak or talk of the devil …
    hablando del rey de Roma y él que se asoma
    hablando de Roma, el burro or el diablo se asoma
    (the) devil take the hindmost
    ¡sálvese quién pueda!
    to be (caught) between the devil and the deep blue sea
    Example sentences
    • Did you find it any easier to avoid the Devil, to avoid evil when you were a monk?
    • Hinduism is the only religion, whose God does not have any enemy, like the Devil or the Satan.
    • If a person believes themselves to be possessed by the Christian Devil, perform a Catholic exorcism.
    1.2 (evil spirit)
    Example sentences
    • The whole devil/evil spirit/demons/possession thing fascinates me, it always has.
    • The devils and evil spirits of the next day were perhaps more psychosomatic and drawn from the excesses of the night before than derived from a Celtic past.
    • The Bedouin traditionally hang amulets on the body of adults to prevent the evil eye, devils, impure spirits and other illnesses from attacking the bearer of the amulet.
  • 2 [colloquial] (in intensifying phrases) it hurt like the devil
    me dolió horriblemente
    who/what/where the devil … ?
    ¿quién/qué/dónde demonios or diablos … ? [colloquial]
    this is in a devil of a mess
    aquí hay un desorden de (los) mil demonios [colloquial]
    we had the devil of a time
    nos las vimos negras [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • To do this, some poor devil was up all night with the Letraset making desk signs bearing the slogan ‘The Buck Stops Here.’
    • They are the real patriots, not the poor devils who are riding this bear market down.
    • Thus, the first order of the new Pax Americana is to bring those we deem as heathens to democracy, to modernize the poor devils, and while we're at it teach them the beauties of a more materialistic culture.
    Example sentences
    • While under the master's guidance, which is generally for a year, the newly qualified barrister is known as a devil.
    • Assisted by a "devil," an aspiring barrister in his or her first year of practice, they work alone, the often flamboyant superstars of the Irish legal system.
  • 3 3.1 (person, animal) you little devil! [colloquial] (said to child)
    ¡eres un diablillo!
    they've been absolute devils this morning
    se han portado como diablos esta mañana
    go on, be a devil, have another one! (British)
    ¡anda, cómete otro, no seas tonto!
    he's a devil for chocolates [colloquial]
    lo enloquecen los bombones
    poor devil!
    ¡pobre diablo!
    he's won again, the lucky devil
    ha vuelto a ganar ¡qué potra tiene! [colloquial]
    el suertudo ha vuelto a ganar (Latin America)
    3.2 (troublesome thing) the lock is a real devil
    la cerradura es maldita [colloquial]
    that concerto is the very devil to play
    ese concierto es endemoniadamente difícil de tocar

transitive verb (British) devilling devilled

  • 1 (Cooking)
    hacer con picante y especias
    deviled eggs
    (huevos duros con salsa picante)
  • 2 (harass, worry) (US)
    Example sentences
    • As I searched the mass of people below me for Josef's gipsy curls & defiant red scarf, the Reverend's words deviled my ears despite the barrier of the window-glass.
    • People will devil their own children, spouses, parents, co-workers and neighbors.
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