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.
v be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
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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
cause to be lost or disoriented
mix up, stump
cause to be perplexed or confounded
set a difficult problem or riddle
be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
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have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
v treat cruelly
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drive up the wall; go on someone's nerves
make ineffective or powerless
badger, beleaguer, bug, pester, tease
cause to suffer