bedevil definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To torment mercilessly; plague.
    • To worry, annoy, or irritate.
    • To possess with or just as if with a devil; bewitch.
    • To spoil; damage.
    • To toss into total condition and confusion, as if because of the company of bad spirits; to bring under diabolical influence; to torment.
    • To spoil; to corrupt.
    • To torment mercilessly; plague.
    • To fret, annoy, or irritate.
    • To possess with or just as if with a devil; bewitch.
    • To ruin; damage.
    • To put into complete disorder and confusion, like because of the agency of wicked spirits; to bring under diabolical influence; to torment.
    • To ruin; to corrupt.
  • verb:
    • To harass or trigger trouble for; to plague.
    • To perplex or bewilder.
    • be confusing or perplexing to; reason enough to be struggling to think clearly
    • treat cruelly
    • To harass or cause trouble for; to affect.
    • To perplex or bewilder.
    • be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be not able to think demonstrably
    • treat cruelly
  • others:
    • To treat with diabolical physical violence or punishment.
    • to own with or as with a devil.
    • To “play the devil with”; transform or confuse as if by the aid or company of bad spirits; confound; muddle; corrupt; spoil.
    • To bewilder with stress; torment; trouble; confuse.
    • to help make a devil or devils of; bring in to the condition of a devil: since, to bedevil humanity.
    • To treat with diabolical physical violence or abuse.
    • to own with or just like a devil.
    • To “play the devil with”; change or confuse like because of the aid or agency of wicked spirits; confound; muddle; corrupt; spoil.
    • To bewilder with worry; torment; bother; confuse.
    • to create a devil or devils of; bring into the problem of a devil: since, to bedevil humanity.

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