devil

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."

Primary Meanings of devil

1.
nv
an evil supernatural being
cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
2.
v
coat or stuff with a spicy paste
Full Definitions of devil
1

n an evil supernatural being

Synonyms:
daemon, daimon, demon, fiend
Types:
incubus
a male demon believed to lie on sleeping persons and to have sexual intercourse 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

n a cruel wicked and inhuman person

Synonyms:
demon, fiend, monster, ogre
Types:
demoniac
someone who acts as if possessed by a demon
Type of:
disagreeable person, unpleasant person
a person who is not pleasant or agreeable

n a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man)

Synonyms:
heller, hellion
Type of:
bad hat, mischief-maker, trouble maker, troublemaker, troubler
someone who deliberately stirs up trouble

n a word used in exclamations of confusion

“what the devil
Synonyms:
deuce, dickens
Type of:
exclaiming, exclamation
an abrupt excited utterance

v cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

Synonyms:
annoy, bother, chafe, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex
chafe
feel extreme irritation or anger
Types:
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get, get under one's skin
irritate
eat into, fret, grate, rankle
gnaw into; make resentful or angry
peeve
cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful
ruffle
trouble or vex
fret
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
haze
harass by imposing humiliating or painful tasks, as in military institutions
Type of:
displease
give displeasure to
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v coat or stuff with a spicy paste

devilled eggs”
Type of:
cook, fix, make, prepare, ready
prepare for eating by applying heat

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