What does bedevil mean?

bedevil meaning in General Dictionary

To put into complete disorder and confusion just as if by the company of bad spirits to carry under diabolical influence to torment

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  • treat cruelly
  • become complicated or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think demonstrably
  • To toss into total disorder and confusion, as if by the agency of bad spirits; to carry under diabolical influence; to torment.
  • To ruin; to corrupt.

bedevil meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1768, "to treat diabolically, abuse," from be- + verbal using devil (q.v.). Meaning "to mischievously confuse" is from 1755; compared to "to drive frantic" is from 1823. Relevant: Bedeviled (1570s, in a literal sense, "possessed"); bedeviling.


bedevil meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To throw into total disorder and confusion, as though because of the agency of evil spirits; to carry under diabolical influence; to torment.

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  • (v. t.) To spoil; to corrupt.