bedevil

To bedevil is to "be" a bit like a "devil." To bedevil means to cause trouble, or, when talking about a person, to torment or harass.

Bedevil has nothing to do with the eggs you eat on a picnic. Those are just plain deviled. And although, in the 1570s, bedeviled could be taken to mean literally "possessed," the word no longer involves an actual devil, either. It just applies to people or things that make trouble like a devil would want to do.

DEFINITIONS OF: bedevil

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v be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly

Synonyms:
befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw
confuse, disconcert, flurry, put off
cause to feel embarrassment
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demoralize
confuse or put into disorder
amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex
be a mystery or bewildering to
disorient, disorientate
cause to be lost or disoriented
mix up, stump
cause to be perplexed or confounded
riddle
set a difficult problem or riddle
elude, escape
be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v treat cruelly

Synonyms:
crucify, dun, frustrate, rag, torment
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madden
drive up the wall; go on someone's nerves
hamstring
make ineffective or powerless
badger, beleaguer, bug, pester, tease
annoy persistently
oppress, persecute
cause to suffer
purge
oust politically
Type of:
beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke
annoy continually or chronically
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