A devil is profoundly bad spirit, being, or monster. Your religious uncle might blame all bad behavior on the influence of the devil.

In Christianity, the devil (which is sometimes capitalized), is the essence of evil, also known as Satan. The word is also used to mean a very hateful or cruel human: "He must be a devil, to hurt a kitten like that," or sometimes a mischievous trickster: "What a little devil she is, always playing practical jokes." When you devil someone, you annoy or bother them: "We loved to devil the cranky old man next door."

Definitions of devil
  1. noun
    an evil supernatural being
    synonyms: daemon, daimon, demon, fiend
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    a male demon believed to visit people while they sleep and to consort with sleeping women
    succuba, succubus
    a female demon believed to have sexual intercourse with sleeping men
    dibbuk, dybbuk
    (Jewish folklore) a demon that enters the body of a living person and controls that body's behavior
    type of:
    evil spirit
    a spirit tending to cause harm
  2. noun
    a cruel wicked and inhuman person
    synonyms: demon, fiend, monster, ogre
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    someone who acts as if possessed by a demon
    type of:
    disagreeable person, unpleasant person
    a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
  3. noun
    a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man)
    synonyms: heller, hellion
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    type of:
    bad hat, mischief-maker, trouble maker, troublemaker, troubler
    someone who deliberately stirs up trouble
  4. noun
    a word used in exclamations of confusion
    “what the devil
    synonyms: deuce, dickens
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    type of:
    exclaiming, exclamation
    an abrupt excited utterance
  5. verb
    cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
    synonyms: annoy, bother, chafe, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex
    feel extreme irritation or anger
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    get, get under one's skin
    eat into, fester, fret, gnaw, grate, rankle
    gnaw into; make resentful or angry
    cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful
    trouble or vex
    cause annoyance in
    beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke
    annoy continually or chronically
    antagonise, antagonize
    provoke the hostility of
    goad, needle
    goad or provoke, as by constant criticism
    bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, rag, torment
    treat cruelly
    harass by imposing humiliating or painful tasks, as in military institutions
    type of:
    give displeasure to
  6. verb
    coat or stuff with a spicy paste
    devilled eggs”
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    type of:
    cook, fix, make, prepare, ready
    prepare for eating by applying heat
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