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be·dev·il

 (bĭ-dĕv′əl)
tr.v. be·dev·iled, be·dev·il·ing, be·dev·ils or be·dev·illed or be·dev·il·ling
1. To torment mercilessly; plague.
2. To worry, annoy, or frustrate.
3. To possess with or as if with a devil; bewitch.
4. To spoil; ruin.

be·dev′il·ment n.

bedevil

(bɪˈdɛvəl)
vb (tr) , -ils, -illing or -illed, -ils, -iling or -iled
1. to harass or torment
2. to throw into confusion
3. to possess, as with a devil
beˈdevilment n

be•dev•il

(bɪˈdɛv əl)

v.t. -iled, -il•ing (esp. Brit.) -illed, -il•ling.
1. to torment or harass maliciously or diabolically.
2. to possess as if with a devil; bewitch.
3. to cause confusion or doubt in; muddle; confound.
4. to beset or hamper continuously: a new building bedeviled by elevator failures.
[1760–70]
be•dev′il•ment, n.

bedevil


Past participle: bedevilled
Gerund: bedevilling

Imperative
bedevil
bedevil
Present
I bedevil
you bedevil
he/she/it bedevils
we bedevil
you bedevil
they bedevil
Preterite
I bedevilled
you bedevilled
he/she/it bedevilled
we bedevilled
you bedevilled
they bedevilled
Present Continuous
I am bedevilling
you are bedevilling
he/she/it is bedevilling
we are bedevilling
you are bedevilling
they are bedevilling
Present Perfect
I have bedevilled
you have bedevilled
he/she/it has bedevilled
we have bedevilled
you have bedevilled
they have bedevilled
Past Continuous
I was bedevilling
you were bedevilling
he/she/it was bedevilling
we were bedevilling
you were bedevilling
they were bedevilling
Past Perfect
I had bedevilled
you had bedevilled
he/she/it had bedevilled
we had bedevilled
you had bedevilled
they had bedevilled
Future
I will bedevil
you will bedevil
he/she/it will bedevil
we will bedevil
you will bedevil
they will bedevil
Future Perfect
I will have bedevilled
you will have bedevilled
he/she/it will have bedevilled
we will have bedevilled
you will have bedevilled
they will have bedevilled
Future Continuous
I will be bedevilling
you will be bedevilling
he/she/it will be bedevilling
we will be bedevilling
you will be bedevilling
they will be bedevilling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bedevilling
you have been bedevilling
he/she/it has been bedevilling
we have been bedevilling
you have been bedevilling
they have been bedevilling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bedevilling
you will have been bedevilling
he/she/it will have been bedevilling
we will have been bedevilling
you will have been bedevilling
they will have been bedevilling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bedevilling
you had been bedevilling
he/she/it had been bedevilling
we had been bedevilling
you had been bedevilling
they had been bedevilling
Conditional
I would bedevil
you would bedevil
he/she/it would bedevil
we would bedevil
you would bedevil
they would bedevil
Past Conditional
I would have bedevilled
you would have bedevilled
he/she/it would have bedevilled
we would have bedevilled
you would have bedevilled
they would have bedevilled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.bedevil - treat cruellybedevil - treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"
madden - drive up the wall; go on someone's nerves
beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke - annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers"
hamstring - make ineffective or powerless; "The teachers were hamstrung by the overly rigid schedules"
badger, beleaguer, bug, pester, tease - annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
persecute, oppress - cause to suffer; "Jews were persecuted in the former Soviet Union"
2.bedevil - be confusing or perplexing tobedevil - be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly; "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled even the teacher"
demoralize - confuse or put into disorder; "the boss's behavior demoralized everyone in the office"
bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, baffle, mystify, nonplus, perplex, puzzle, stupefy, amaze, gravel, vex, pose, stick, beat, get - be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"
disconcert, flurry, confuse, put off - cause to feel embarrassment; "The constant attention of the young man confused her"
disorient, disorientate - cause to be lost or disoriented
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"

bedevil

verb plague, worry, trouble, frustrate, torture, irritate, torment, harass, hassle (informal), aggravate (informal), afflict, pester, vex, irk, give someone grief (Brit. & S. African) His career was bedevilled by injury.

bedevil

verb
1. To trouble persistently from or as if from all sides:
2. To disturb by repeated attacks:
Translations

bedevil

[bɪˈdevəl] VT to be bedevilled by problems [project] → estar plagado de problemas
the team has been bedevilled by injuriesel equipo ha sufrido muchas lesiones
an industry bedevilled by rising costsuna industria aquejada por el aumento de los costes

bedevil

[bɪˈdɛvəl] vt (= create problems for) → miner
to be bedevilled by sth [person] → être miné(e) par qch; [enterprise, organization] → être miné(e) par qch

bedevil

vtkomplizieren, erschweren; bedevilled (Brit) or bedeviled (US) by misfortunevom Schicksal verfolgt; bedevilled (Brit) or bedeviled (US) by injuriesvon Verletzungen heimgesucht

bedevil

[bɪˈdɛvl] vt (person) → affliggere, tormentare; (enterprise) → intralciare, ostacolare continuamente
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