bedevil

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

be- +‎ devil

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

bedevil (third-person singular simple present bedevils, present participle bedeviling or bedevilling, simple past and past participle bedeviled or bedevilled)

  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[edit]

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