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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The senator has been bedeviled by allegations of corruption.
▪ In particular, the relationship is becoming increasingly bedevilled by the issue of anti-missile defence.
▪ In the past, the discussion on the role of the state in public communication has been bedevilled by the East-West conflict.
▪ Instead, the new system was introduced on the pay-as-you-go basis which has bedevilled social security finance ever since.
▪ Off the field problems which have bedevilled the club in recent times have been buried.
▪ Systemic treatment of cancer is bedevilled by the similarity of tumour cells to normal cells, at least under most physiological conditions.
▪ The same problem bedevils the men.
▪ Uncertainty over objectives has bedevilled public libraries for many years.
▪ Unti1 1939 the Labour Party was bedevilled by internal dissensions on this issue.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bedevil \Be*dev"il\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bedevilled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Bedeviling or Bedevilling.]

  1. To throw into utter disorder and confusion, as if by the agency of evil spirits; to bring under diabolical influence; to torment.

    Bedeviled and used worse than St. Bartholomew.

  2. To spoil; to corrupt.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


vb. 1 To harass or cause trouble for; to plague. 2 To perplex or bewilder.

  1. v. treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher" [syn: torment, rag, crucify, dun, frustrate]

  2. be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly; "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled even the teacher" [syn: confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, confound, discombobulate]

  3. [also: bedevilling, bedevilled]


Bedevil is a 1993 Australian horror film directed by Tracey Moffatt. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.

Usage examples of "bedevil".

Do you not have some enemy to go bedevil, lop off a head or two, or something equally unfeminine, and leave innocents like me free of your word barbs?

Jarac had long supported the division of power that put the First Councilor over him, but Kurj thought it must bedevil him now, knowing that if he had full command, he could refuse to lead the invasion.

Jeremy, but you have managed to snarl, tangle, fray, chew, bedevil, or otherwise make unusable every spare piece of cordage on this ship.

I yielded that you are by far the fairest or that you would bedevil any man into forgetting his convictions.

The mortal woman who only wanted to find her child would die in an unsuspicious way, and Char would let her conscience bedevil her after she had the city and the strigoi safe.

What a gentle way of referring to something that bedevils most women and should be spoken about freely and openly.

Accepting charity from an uncle who was already suffering financial problems would have bedeviled her conscience.

He could feel sorry for any man tormented and bedeviled by a woman, though he could not see their foolishness in letting themselves be drawn to such ends by a simple wench.

Pleading for mercy, calling on whatever god might hear them, they crawled through the darkness, sobbing, bedeviled on every side.

The acrobat was sorely bedeviled by the skeleton rider, for that traitor from the past was swatting at Erejzan, trying to slay him with a bloodstained sword.

Against the bullying and bedevilled tike, we can set the adolescent dreamer, the boy who tenderly nursed his apocalyptic hopes.

The lad is now bedeviling the tutors at Harrow, though bets favor him being sent down before long break.

Nor is the history of fanatics half so striking in respect to the measureless self-deception of the fanatic himself, as his measureless power of deceiving and bedevilling so many others.

Off the bedevilled wretches pranced, and they kicked, they snorted, whinnied, rolled, galloped, outflying the wind, but not the dismal rider.

Beyond is the Gulf of Swirls, then the Serene Sea, now bedeviled by pirates of the Jhardine Coast.