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Pronunciation: /ˈdevl/

Translation of devil in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 [Religion/Religión] diablo (masculine), demonio (masculine) the devil el demonio, el diablo go to the devil! [colloquial/familiar] [dated/anticuado] ¡vete al diablo! [colloquial/familiar] 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) más vale malo conocido que bueno por conocer speak o 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 estar* entre la espada y la pared
    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) demonio (masculine)
    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/familiar] (in intensifying phrases) it hurt like the devil me dolió horriblemente who/what/where the devil … ? ¿quién/qué/dónde demonios or diablos … ? [colloquial/familiar] this is in a devil of a mess aquí hay un desorden de (los) mil demonios [colloquial/familiar] we had the devil of a time nos las vimos negras [colloquial/familiar]
    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/familiar] (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 English/inglés británico) ¡anda, cómete otro, no seas tonto! he's a devil for chocolates [colloquial/familiar] lo enloquecen los bombones poor devil! ¡pobre diablo! he's won again, the lucky devil ha vuelto a ganar ¡qué potra tiene! [colloquial/familiar], el suertudo ha vuelto a ganar (Latin America/América Latina) 3.2 (troublesome thing) the lock is a real devil la cerradura es maldita [colloquial/familiar] that concerto is the very devil to play ese concierto es endemoniadamente difícil de tocar

transitive verb/verbo transitivo ( (British English/inglés británico) -ll-)

  • 1 [Cookery/Cocina] hacer* con picante y especias deviled eggs[ huevos duros con salsa picante ]
  • 2 (harass, worry) (American English/inglés norteamericano) fastidiar

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