Translation of devil in Spanish:
- 1 1.1 (Religion) the devilel demoniogo to the devil! [colloquial] [dated] the devil finds work for idle hands (to do)
el diabloel ocio es la madre de todos los viciosthe devil is in the detailel diablo está or se esconde en los detallesthe devil looks after his ownmala hierba or bicho malo nunca muerebetter the devil you know (than the devil you don't) speak o talk of the devil …hablando del rey de Roma y él que se asoma(the) devil take the hindmost
hablando de Roma, el burro or el diablo se asoma¡sálvese quién pueda!to be (caught) between the devil and the deep blue seaExample sentences1.2 (evil spirit)
- 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.
- 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 devilme dolió horriblementewho/what/where the devil … ?¿quién/qué/dónde demonios or diablos … ? [colloquial]this is in a devil of a messaquí hay un desorden de (los) mil demonios [colloquial]we had the devil of a timenos 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.
- 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 morningse han portado como diablos esta mañanago on, be a devil, have another one! (British English)¡anda, cómete otro, no seas tonto!he's a devil for chocolates [colloquial]lo enloquecen los bombonespoor devil!¡pobre diablo!he's won again, the lucky devilha vuelto a ganar ¡qué potra tiene! [colloquial]3.2 (troublesome thing) the lock is a real devil
el suertudo ha vuelto a ganar (Latin America)la cerradura es maldita [colloquial]that concerto is the very devil to playese concierto es endemoniadamente difícil de tocar
transitive verb (British English) -ll-
- 2(harass, worry) (American English)
- 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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