AskDefine | Define bedevil

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1 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] [also: bedevilling, bedevilled]

User Contributed Dictionary



be- + devil


  1. To harass or cause trouble for; to plague.
    • Guerrilla attacks continued to bedevil the larger army's supply routes.
  2. To perplex or bewilder.

Usage notes

The spelling bedeviling and bedeviled are preferred in the US, bedevilling and bedevilled are preferred in the UK. However, the choice of spellings is not universal.

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