Bedevil
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. [1913 Webster]

Bedeviled and used worse than St. Bartholomew. --Sterne. [1913 Webster]

2. To spoil; to corrupt. --Wright. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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