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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
devil
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
cheeky devil/monkey etc
▪ You did that on purpose, you cheeky little devil!
devil's advocate
▪ He would play devil’s advocate with anyone.
devil's food cake
possessed by the devil
▪ She was convinced he was possessed by the devil.
the devil incarnate (=someone very evil)
▪ The media cast him as the devil incarnate.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
blue
▪ There are blue devils and blue ribbons and blue bloods.
handsome
▪ He was a handsome devil, clever and presumably extremely well off.
▪ She said I was a handsome devil, too.
little
▪ Indeed, I worship the little devil, but only as a travelling companion.
▪ That brute Cullam fetched him a fourpenny one, poor little devil.
▪ Those little devils just don't care what they eat, do they?
old
▪ There was one old devil with red eyes.
▪ Not that he's the worst of them, poor old devil.
▪ I really miss the old devil.
▪ Impotent old devils and dried-up hags always deride the efforts of the young.
▪ So much, thought Blanche, for flirting with the lascivious old devil.
▪ Nor had they, because the old devils had filled their shoes with earth from Balnagowan in Easter Ross.
▪ He was a real old devil.
poor
▪ I was driving past and tried to stop this poor devil getting beaten up.
▪ I know bow the poor devil feels.
▪ This isn't a propitious start for him, poor devil.
▪ Not that he's the worst of them, poor old devil.
▪ He loathed the sterile ritual of inspections, and this poor devil in his untimely end had saved him from that.
▪ What on earth was eating the poor devil?
▪ And the poor devil can't hide a thing from her.
▪ But, after doing so, the surviving poor devils were discarded like a bunch of rags.
■ VERB
know
▪ The devils knew that all men sinned, and all men must die.
▪ For much of the Bloc, then, the solution may be to opt for the devil they know.
▪ Better the devil you know than the devil you don't.
▪ He was also, on the whole, for the Khedive on the grounds that at least he was the devil they knew.
▪ Is the devil we know better than the devil we don't know?
▪ Better the devil you know ....
▪ But we're dealing with a devil we don't know and we're paying the devil more than his due.
play
▪ I even drew a donkey playing and a devil dancing.
possess
▪ She told him then, unable to help herself: he was possessed by devils.
▪ Instead, she said, Ells told her she was possessed by devils.
▪ Why the Story was Remembered A poor man believed himself to be possessed by many devils.
▪ Instead of praise, she was told she was possessed by the devil.
▪ If he were possessed by devils, Kate thought, it would be a simple explanation.
talk
▪ What the devil was he talking about?
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
needs must (when the devil drives)
old devil/rascal etc
▪ A true old devil, Manson vanishes in a puff of smoke.
▪ He is not a character I like at all because I think he was just an old rascal.
▪ I really miss the old devil.
▪ Impotent old devils and dried-up hags always deride the efforts of the young.
▪ Not that he's the worst of them, poor old devil.
▪ There was one old devil with red eyes.
▪ Yet, in spite of everything, David Miller grew up to idolise the old rascal.
sell your soul (to the devil)
▪ A whole week in Paris at Easter seemed to her something for which she would willingly have sold her soul.
▪ Faustus wilfully ends himself; he sells his soul to the devil.
▪ He doesn't accuse us of selling our souls.
▪ If he were mine, I would rather sell my soul.
▪ Men who have sold their souls to the darkness.
▪ She was accused of being a Salem witch for selling her soul to the devil at the strawberry banks.
▪ The fact that we would literally sell our soul to Continental Airlines.
▪ Timothy was agonising over her, when Honor West would have sold her soul for a single kiss from him.
the devil/hell to pay
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Beside him stood a devil in red tights with horns and a forked tail.
▪ But he was an old man nevertheless, with young boys being so close and full of the devil.
▪ I said, if it wasn't true, then the devils would be exorcized.
▪ If we come really unstuck, then we can blame the devil!
▪ The Bible makes it clear that the devil and his forces are the masters of misrepresentation.
▪ There was a representation of the devil carrying off the wicked to Hades.
▪ What the devil does he want?
The Collaborative International Dictionary
devil

Twilly \Twil"ly\, n. [C. Willy.] A machine for cleansing or loosening wool by the action of a revolving cylinder covered with long iron spikes or teeth; a willy or willying machine; -- called also twilly devil, and devil. See Devil, n., 6, and Willy.
--Tomlinson.

devil

Willow \Wil"low\, n. [OE. wilowe, wilwe, AS. wilig, welig; akin to OD. wilge, D. wilg, LG. wilge. Cf. Willy.]

  1. (Bot.) Any tree or shrub of the genus Salix, including many species, most of which are characterized often used as an emblem of sorrow, desolation, or desertion. ``A wreath of willow to show my forsaken plight.''
    --Sir W. Scott. Hence, a lover forsaken by, or having lost, the person beloved, is said to wear the willow.

    And I must wear the willow garland For him that's dead or false to me.
    --Campbell.

  2. (Textile Manuf.) A machine in which cotton or wool is opened and cleansed by the action of long spikes projecting from a drum which revolves within a box studded with similar spikes; -- probably so called from having been originally a cylindrical cage made of willow rods, though some derive the term from winnow, as denoting the winnowing, or cleansing, action of the machine. Called also willy, twilly, twilly devil, and devil. Almond willow, Pussy willow, Weeping willow. (Bot.) See under Almond, Pussy, and Weeping. Willow biter (Zo["o]l.) the blue tit. [Prov. Eng.] Willow fly (Zo["o]l.), a greenish European stone fly ( Chloroperla viridis); -- called also yellow Sally. Willow gall (Zo["o]l.), a conical, scaly gall produced on willows by the larva of a small dipterous fly ( Cecidomyia strobiloides). Willow grouse (Zo["o]l.), the white ptarmigan. See ptarmigan. Willow lark (Zo["o]l.), the sedge warbler. [Prov. Eng.] Willow ptarmigan (Zo["o]l.)

    1. The European reed bunting, or black-headed bunting. See under Reed.

    2. A sparrow ( Passer salicicolus) native of Asia, Africa, and Southern Europe.

      Willow tea, the prepared leaves of a species of willow largely grown in the neighborhood of Shanghai, extensively used by the poorer classes of Chinese as a substitute for tea.
      --McElrath.

      Willow thrush (Zo["o]l.), a variety of the veery, or Wilson's thrush. See Veery.

      Willow warbler (Zo["o]l.), a very small European warbler ( Phylloscopus trochilus); -- called also bee bird, haybird, golden wren, pettychaps, sweet William, Tom Thumb, and willow wren.

devil

devil \dev"il\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deviledor Devilled; p. pr. & vb. n. Devilingor Devilling.]

  1. To make like a devil; to invest with the character of a devil.

  2. To grill with Cayenne pepper; to season highly in cooking, as with pepper.

    A deviled leg of turkey.
    --W. Irving.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
devil

Old English deofol "evil spirit, a devil, the devil, false god, diabolical person," from Late Latin diabolus (also the source of Italian diavolo, French diable, Spanish diablo; German Teufel is Old High German tiufal, from Latin via Gothic diabaulus).\n

\nThe Late Latin word is from Ecclesiastical Greek diabolos, in Jewish and Christian use, "Devil, Satan" (scriptural loan-translation of Hebrew satan), in general use "accuser, slanderer," from diaballein "to slander, attack," literally "throw across," from dia- "across, through" + ballein "to throw" (see ballistics). Jerome re-introduced Satan in Latin bibles, and English translators have used both in different measures.\n

\nIn Vulgate, as in Greek, diabolus and dæmon (see demon) were distinct, but they have merged in English and other Germanic languages.\n

\nPlayful use for "clever rogue" is from c.1600. Meaning "sand spout, dust storm" is from 1835. In U.S. place names, the word often represents a native word such as Algonquian manito, more properly "spirit, god." Phrase a devil way (c.1300) was originally "Hell-ward, to Hell," but by late 14c. as an expression of irritation.\n

\nDevil's books "playing cards" is from 1729, but the cited quote says they've been called that "time out of mind" (the four of clubs is the devil's bedposts); devil's coach-horse is from 1840, the large rove-beetle, which is defiant when disturbed. "Talk of the Devil, and he's presently at your elbow" [1660s].

Wiktionary
devil

n. 1 (context theology English) A creature of hell. 2 (context theology English) ('''the devil''' ''or'' '''the Devil''') The chief devil; Satan. 3 The bad part of the conscience; the opposite to the angel. 4 A wicked or naughty person, or one who harbors reckless, spirited energy, especially in a mischievous way; usually said of a young child. 5 A thing that is awkward or difficult to understand or do. 6 (context euphemistically with an article as an intensifier English) Hell. 7 A person, especially a man; used to express a particular opinion of him, usually in the phrases '''poor devil''' and '''lucky devil'''. 8 A dust devil. 9 (context religion Christian Science English) An evil or erring entity. 10 (context dialectal in compounds English) A barren, unproductive and unused are

  1. Dictionary of Regional American English[http://www.word-detective.com/030600.html#devilstrip Word Detective: Tales from the berm] 11 (context cookery English) A dish, as a bone with the meat, broiled and excessively peppered; a grill with Cayenne pepper. 12 A machine for tearing or cutting rags, cotton, etc. v
  2. 1 To make like a devil; to invest with the character of a devil. 2 To annoy or bother; to bedevil. 3 To work as a ‘devil’; to work for a lawyer or writer without fee or recognition. 4 To grill with cayenne pepper; to season highly in cooking, as with pepper. 5 To finely grind cooked ham or other meat with spices and condiments. 6 To prepare a sidedish of shelled halved boiled eggs to whose extracted yolks are added condiments and spices, which mixture then is placed into the halved whites to be served.

WordNet
devil
  1. v. cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves" [syn: annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe]

  2. coat or stuff with a spicy paste; "devilled eggs"

  3. [also: devilling, devilled]

Gazetteer
Wikipedia
Devil (Babes in Toyland album)

Devil is the second compilation of the trilogy released by Babes in Toyland. It was produced by Tim Mac, and released May 2000 by Almafame.

Devil (disambiguation)

The Devil is a figure in some religions, particularly Abrahamic ones.

Devil may also refer to:

Devil (2011 film)

Devil is a 2011 Argentine independent drama action film co-written and directed by Nicanor Loreti and starring Juan Palomino. The film won the award for Best Film in the Argentine Competition at the 2011 Mar del Plata Film Festival.

Devil (Lydia album)

Devil is the fourth album by Lydia. It was released on March 19, 2013.

Devil (Super Junior album)

Devil is the overall eighth Korean-language studio album ( ninth overall) by South Korean boy band Super Junior, released on July 16, 2015, by S.M. Entertainment. Released as a "special album", the album features 9 members, marking the return of Yesung after his mandatory military service. The album also marks the first album without Shindong and Sungmin, due to mandatory military service.

DevIL

Developer's Image Library or DevIL (originally called OpenIL; the name was changed at a request from Silicon Graphics, Inc.), started by Denton Woods, is a cross-platform image library which aims to provide a common API for different image file formats. It consists of three parts: the main library (IL), the utility library (ILU) and the utility toolkit (ILUT), mirroring the corresponding parts of OpenGL (although the OpenGL Utility Toolkit is not part of the OpenGL specification).

DevIL currently supports 43 file formats for reading and 17 for writing; among those with read-write support are BMP, DDS, JPEG, PCX, PNG, RAW, TGA, and TIFF. The actual supported formats depend on compilation settings, in particular, external libraries like libjpeg and libpng.

According to the website (as well as the source repository), DevIL is still licensed under the terms of the LGPL.

DevIl is listed in the directory of the Free Software Foundation as Free Software.

Devil (Dungeons & Dragons)

In the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game, devils are a powerful group of monsters used as a high-level challenge for players of the game. Devils are Lawful Evil in alignment and originate from the Nine Hells of Baator. True to their Lawful Evil alignment, devils are locked in a strict and brutal hierarchy (changing form as they worked their way up the ladder of power). At the top of the hierarchy are the supreme Archdevils or Lords of the Nine, who are the rulers of the different regions of Baator. Devils often see the various worlds in the D&D metacosmos as tools to use for their own ends, including prosecuting the Blood War, a millennia-long war between the devils and their arch-enemies, demons.

Devil (Stereophonics song)

"Devil" is the third single from the Stereophonics album Language. Sex. Violence. Other?.

The song is the 4th track on the album. "Brother" fades into this song. The music video for this song shows Kelly Jones in an apartment, tied to a chair. A woman arrives and appears to be the kidnapper. Soon after, he is taken outside and forced into the trunk of a car that she drives to an unknown place. There are shots of the band performing this song occasionally. At the end of the video, the title card "To Be Continued..." appears. The single peaked at #11 on the UK Singles Chart and #3 on the UK Download Chart.

It was played during the first episode of the third season of Rescue Me.

Devil (Islam)

In Islam, the Devil is known as (, plural: ), (, plural: ) or Shaitan. In Islam, Iblis is a Jinn who refused to kneel before Adam.

The primary characteristic of the Devil is hubris. His primary activity is to incite humans and jinn to commit evil through deception, which is referred to as "whispering into the hearts". The Quran mentions that Satans are the assistants of those who disbelieve in God: "We have made the evil ones friends to those without faith."

Devil (2010 film)

Devil (also known as The Night Chronicles: Devil) is a 2010 American supernatural horror- thriller film directed by John Erick Dowdle. The screenplay by Brian Nelson was from a story by M. Night Shyamalan. The film stars Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Geoffrey Arend, Bojana Novakovic, Jenny O'Hara and Bokeem Woodbine. Devil was released on September 17, 2010.

The film received mixed reviews, although its reception was generally more favorable than that of Shyamalan's other recent work. Critics praised the film's atmosphere and performances, but criticized the short running-time and convoluted story.

Devil (Chiodos album)

Devil is the fourth album by Michigan post-hardcore band Chiodos, released on April 1st, 2014. The album takes its name from the band's definition of the word "Devil." Returning vocalist Craig Owens explains:

The band has also cited American writer Mitch Albom as a source of inspiration for the album.

This is the first album the band has recorded since reuniting with original vocalist Craig Owens and original drummer Derrick Frost, and the first and only album to feature Thomas Erak of The Fall of Troy as lead guitarist after the departure of original lead guitarist Jason Hale. It is also the last album to feature Frost and bassist Matt Goddard, whom, along with Erak, left the band later in 2014. The album was released on April 1, 2014 by Razor & Tie. Several songs and videos are slated to be released leading up to the album's official debut.

The band headlined the Devil's Dance Tour 2014 early in the year in support of the album.

Usage examples of "devil".

Was he man or devil, Abie asked herself as she watched the dancer take command of the stage.

For if invocations, conjurations, fumigations and adorations are used, then an open pact is formed with the devil, even if there has been no surrender of body and soul together with explicit abjuration of the Faith either wholly or in part.

The English, despite the fact that they are in the doctrine of faith alone, nevertheless in the exhortation to the Holy Communion openly teach self-examination, acknowledgment, confession of sins, penitence and renewal of life, and warn those who do not do these things with the words that otherwise the devil will enter into them as he did into Judas, fill them with all iniquity, and destroy both body and soul.

And so the devil was not satisfied with instigating to a desire for riches and honors, but he went so far as to tempt Christ, for the sake of gaining possession of these things, to fall down and adore him, which is a very great crime, and against God.

Griff Forteyn was an arresting devil with his shining dark eyes and ebony hair, which in defiance of alamodality, he never wore powdered.

Great-grandfather himself who proposed to Drake the use of devil ships against the Spanish Armada as it lay anchored in Calais Roads, may it not?

There he paused with his sword held high, and stared back across the channel at the tiny squadron of devil ships, blooming with smoke and flame and bearing down steadily upon his anchored Gull.

The previous night, from the deck of the anchored Gull, they had heard terrifying, blood-chilling roars, rising and falling, then ending in a diminishing series of grunts and groans that sounded like the chorus of all the devils of hell.

He would devil the apish fellow, make him think he was being attacked.

Having hinted that the little fire devils of the forest, which I fancy every savage has seen, at one time or another, peering at him from rotten tree trunks, logs, or stumps, might be attracted by the proximity of the great Fire Demon, I strolled off a short distance, as though to search for them.

In the case of Kirillov, this devil is the temptation to self-deification logically deriving from the atheistic humanism of Feuerbach.

If ather knew you went there so often there would be the devil to pay.

Yes, those Bulls of the popes are an irrefragable testimony that auricular confession is the most powerful invention of the devil to corrupt the heart, pollute the body, and damn the soul of the priest and his female penitent!

But will the Baas please remember that a gin bottle is not the only bait that the devil sets upon his hook.

What is the good of a man, Baas, who, when he thinks his girl is being given over to a devil, sits in a boat and groans and says that ancient laws must not be broken lest a curse should follow?