bedevilment


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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.
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Noun1.bedevilment - the act of harassing someonebedevilment - the act of harassing someone  
harassment, molestation - the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism
References in classic literature ?
The lawyers have twisted it into such a state of bedevilment that the original merits of the case have long disappeared from the face of the earth.
This bedevilment is not unknown to the naval warfare community: "The tactical commander is not playing three games of simultaneous chess; he is playing one game on three boards with pieces that may jump from one board to another.
I don't see racism as a British bedevilment as serious as our politically correct policies that are stifling free speech.
Swan, "The Bedevilment of Cape Anne (1692)," Essex Institute Historical Collec-tions, 117 (July 1981), 153-77.
The common theme that runs throughout these three books concerns simulation and dissimulation, principally the role of bedevilment in underscoring divine agency.
Duberman's readers soon learn the bedevilment is in the vivid details he has tirelessly gleaned from a trove of diaries, letters, interviews, and publications.