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dev·il

 (dĕv′əl)
n.
1. often Devil In many religions, the major personified spirit of evil, ruler of Hell, and foe of God. Used with the.
2. A subordinate evil spirit; a demon.
3. A wicked or malevolent person.
4. A person: a handsome devil; the poor devil.
5. An energetic, mischievous, daring, or clever person.
6. Printing A printer's devil.
7. A device or machine, especially one having teeth or spikes and used for tearing.
8. An outstanding example, especially of something difficult or bad: has a devil of a temper.
9. A severe reprimand or expression of anger: gave me the devil for cutting class.
10. Informal Used as an intensive: Who the devil do you think you are?
tr.v. dev·iled, dev·il·ing, dev·ils or dev·illed or dev·il·ling
1. To season (food) heavily.
2. To annoy, torment, or harass.
3. To tear up (cloth or rags) in a toothed machine.
Idioms:
between the devil and the deep blue sea
Between two equally unacceptable choices.
full of the devil
Very energetic, mischievous, daring, or clever.
give the devil his due
To give credit to a disagreeable or malevolent person.
go to the devil
1. To be unsuccessful; fail.
2. To become depraved.
3. Used in the imperative to express anger or impatience.
play the devil with
To upset or ruin.
the devil take the hindmost
Let each person follow self-interest, leaving others to fare as they may.
the devil to pay
Trouble to be faced as a result of an action: There'll be the devil to pay if you allow the piglets inside the house.

[Middle English devel, from Old English dēofol, from Latin diabolus, from Late Greek diabolos, from Greek, slanderer, from diaballein, to slander : dia-, dia- + ballein, to hurl; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.]

devil

(ˈdɛvəl)
n
1. (Theology) theol (often capital) the chief spirit of evil and enemy of God, often represented as the ruler of hell and often depicted as a human figure with horns, cloven hoofs, and tail
2. (Theology) theol one of the subordinate evil spirits of traditional Jewish and Christian belief
3. (Judaism) theol one of the subordinate evil spirits of traditional Jewish and Christian belief
4. a person or animal regarded as cruel, wicked, or ill-natured
5. a person or animal regarded as unfortunate or wretched: that poor devil was ill for months.
6. a person or animal regarded as clever, daring, mischievous, or energetic
7. informal something difficult or annoying
8. (Christian Churches, other) Christian Science the opposite of truth; an error, lie, or false belief in sin, sickness, and death
9. (in Malaysia) a ghost
10. (Civil Engineering) a portable furnace or brazier, esp one used in road-making or one used by plumbers. Compare salamander7
11. (Mechanical Engineering) any of various mechanical devices, usually with teeth, such as a machine for making wooden screws or a rag-tearing machine
12. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) See printer's devil
13. (Law) law (in England) a junior barrister who does work for another in order to gain experience, usually for a half fee
14. (Physical Geography) meteorol a small whirlwind in arid areas that raises dust or sand in a column
15. between the devil and the deep blue sea between equally undesirable alternatives
16. devil of informal (intensifier): a devil of a fine horse.
17. give the devil his due to acknowledge the talent or the success of an opponent or unpleasant person
18. go to the devil
a. to fail or become dissipated
b. (interjection) used to express annoyance with the person causing it
19. like the devil with great speed, determination, etc
20. play the devil with informal to make much worse; upset considerably: the damp plays the devil with my rheumatism.
21. raise the devil
a. to cause a commotion
b. to make a great protest
22. talk of the devil! speak of the devil! (interjection) used when an absent person who has been the subject of conversation appears
23. the devil! (intensifier)
a. used in such phrases as what the devil, where the devil, etc
b. an exclamation of anger, surprise, disgust, etc
24. the devil's own a very difficult or problematic (thing)
25. the devil take the hindmost let the devil take the hindmost look after oneself and leave others to their fate
26. the devil to pay problems or trouble to be faced as a consequence of an action
27. the very devil something very difficult or awkward
vb, -vils, -villing or -villed, -vils, -viling or -viled
28. (Cookery) (tr) to prepare (esp meat, poultry, or fish) by coating with a highly flavoured spiced paste or mixture of condiments before cooking
29. (Textiles) (tr) to tear (rags) with a devil
30. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) (intr) to serve as a printer's devil
31. (Tools) (intr) to serve as a printer's devil
32. (Professions) (intr) chiefly Brit to do hackwork, esp for a lawyer or author; perform arduous tasks, often without pay or recognition of one's services
33. (tr) informal US to harass, vex, torment, etc
[Old English dēofol, from Latin diabolus, from Greek diabolos enemy, accuser, slanderer, from diaballein, literally: to throw across, hence, to slander]

dev•il

(ˈdɛv əl)

n., v. -iled, -il•ing (esp. Brit.) -illed, -il•ling. n.
1.
a. (sometimes cap.) the supreme spirit of evil; Satan.
b. a subordinate evil spirit at enmity with God.
2. a wicked, cruel person.
3. a clever or mischievous person.
4. a person: The lucky devil won the grand prize.
5. Also called printer's devil. a young worker below the level of apprentice in a printing office.
6. any of various devices, often with projecting teeth.
7. the devil, (used as an expletive or mild oath): What the devil do you mean?
v.t.
8. to annoy; harass.
9. to prepare with hot or savory seasonings.
Idioms:
1. give the devil his due, to acknowledge the accomplishments of someone otherwise considered unworthy.
2. go to the devil, to become depraved.
3. the devil to pay, trouble to be faced as an aftermath.
[before 900; Middle English devel, Old English dēofol < Late Latin diabolus < Greek diábolos Satan (Septuagint, NT), literally, slanderer (n.), slanderous (adj.), derivative of diabállein to assault someone's character, literally, to throw across =dia- dia- + bállein to throw]

Devil


a person who denies the existence of the devil.
1. belief in or worship of the devil.
2. Theology. an action aided or prompted by the devil; sorcery; witchcraft. — diabolist, n.
1. the study of the devil.
2. devil lore.
the beliefs of the Izedis, a Mesopotamian sect said to worship the devil. Also Yezdism, Yezidism. — Izedi, Yezdi, Yezidi, n.
belief in the existence of only one devil. Cf. polydiabolism.
a Gnostic doctrine that the material world expresses the personality of Satan.
the belief that many devils exist. Cf. monodiabolism.
1. the worship of Satan or evil powers.
2. a parody of Christian ceremonies in which the devil is worshiped. — Satanist, n.
the appearance of Satan on earth.
Izedism.

devil


Past participle: devilled
Gerund: devilling

Imperative
devil
devil
Present
I devil
you devil
he/she/it devils
we devil
you devil
they devil
Preterite
I devilled
you devilled
he/she/it devilled
we devilled
you devilled
they devilled
Present Continuous
I am devilling
you are devilling
he/she/it is devilling
we are devilling
you are devilling
they are devilling
Present Perfect
I have devilled
you have devilled
he/she/it has devilled
we have devilled
you have devilled
they have devilled
Past Continuous
I was devilling
you were devilling
he/she/it was devilling
we were devilling
you were devilling
they were devilling
Past Perfect
I had devilled
you had devilled
he/she/it had devilled
we had devilled
you had devilled
they had devilled
Future
I will devil
you will devil
he/she/it will devil
we will devil
you will devil
they will devil
Future Perfect
I will have devilled
you will have devilled
he/she/it will have devilled
we will have devilled
you will have devilled
they will have devilled
Future Continuous
I will be devilling
you will be devilling
he/she/it will be devilling
we will be devilling
you will be devilling
they will be devilling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been devilling
you have been devilling
he/she/it has been devilling
we have been devilling
you have been devilling
they have been devilling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been devilling
you will have been devilling
he/she/it will have been devilling
we will have been devilling
you will have been devilling
they will have been devilling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been devilling
you had been devilling
he/she/it had been devilling
we had been devilling
you had been devilling
they had been devilling
Conditional
I would devil
you would devil
he/she/it would devil
we would devil
you would devil
they would devil
Past Conditional
I would have devilled
you would have devilled
he/she/it would have devilled
we would have devilled
you would have devilled
they would have devilled

devil

To coat food with a mixture of highly seasoned ingredients (e.g. mustard or hot spices).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.devil - (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of GodDevil - (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
Mohammedanism, Muhammadanism, Muslimism, Islam, Islamism - the monotheistic religious system of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran; "Islam is a complete way of life, not a Sunday religion"; "the term Muhammadanism is offensive to Muslims who believe that Allah, not Muhammad, founded their religion"
2.devil - an evil supernatural beingdevil - an evil supernatural being    
evil spirit - a spirit tending to cause harm
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
3.devil - a word used in exclamations of confusion; "what the devil"; "the deuce with it"; "the dickens you say"
exclaiming, exclamation - an abrupt excited utterance; "she gave an exclamation of delight"; "there was much exclaiming over it"
4.devil - a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man); "he chased the young hellions out of his yard"
bad hat, mischief-maker, trouble maker, troublemaker, troubler - someone who deliberately stirs up trouble
5.devil - a cruel wicked and inhuman persondevil - a cruel wicked and inhuman person  
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
demoniac - someone who acts as if possessed by a demon
Verb1.devil - cause annoyance indevil - cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
get under one's skin, get - irritate; "Her childish behavior really get to me"; "His lying really gets me"
eat into, rankle, grate, fret - gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The injustice rankled her"; "his resentment festered"
chafe - feel extreme irritation or anger; "He was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation"
peeve - cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful
ruffle - trouble or vex; "ruffle somebody's composure"
fret - cause annoyance in
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"
antagonize, antagonise - provoke the hostility of; "Don't antagonize your boss"
displease - give displeasure to
2.devil - coat or stuff with a spicy paste; "devilled eggs"
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
ready, prepare, cook, fix, make - prepare for eating by applying heat; "Cook me dinner, please"; "can you make me an omelette?"; "fix breakfast for the guests, please"

devil

noun
1. evil spirit, demon, fiend, ghoul, hellhound the image of devils with horns and cloven hoofs
2. brute, monster, savage, beast, villain, rogue, barbarian, fiend, terror, swine, ogre the savage devils who mugged a helpless old woman
3. person, individual, soul, creature, thing, human being, beggar I feel sorry for the poor devil who marries you.
4. scamp, monkey (informal), rogue, imp, rascal, tyke (informal), scoundrel, scallywag (informal), mischief-maker, whippersnapper, toerag (slang), pickle (Brit. informal) You cheeky little devil!
the Devil Satan, Lucifer, Prince of Darkness, Old One, Deuce, Old Gentleman (informal), Lord of the Flies, Old Harry (informal), Mephistopheles, Evil One, Beelzebub, Old Nick (informal), Mephisto, Belial, Clootie (Scot.), deil (Scot.), Apollyon, Old Scratch (informal), Foul Fiend, Wicked One, archfiend, Old Hornie (informal), Abbadon the eternal conflict between God and the Devil
Quotations
"If the devil doesn't exist, but man has created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness" [Fyodor Dostoevsky The Brothers Karamazov]
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!" Bible: Isaiah
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" Bible: I Peter
"The serpent subtlest beast of all the field,"
"Of huge extent sometimes, with brazen eyes"
"And hairy mane terrific" [John Milton Paradise Lost]
Proverbs
"Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know"
"The devil looks after his own"
"He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon"
"Talk of the devil, and he shall appear"

devil

noun
1. A perversely bad, cruel, or wicked person:
2. One who causes minor trouble or damage:
Informal: cutup.
Translations
شَخْص سَيِّئشَخْص مِسْكينشَيْطانشَيْطَانشَيْطان، شَخْص شِرّير
ďábeldémonsatanubožákzlý člověk
djævelsatanstakkel
paholainenpaskiainenperkelepippuroidapiru
vrag
ördögszegény ördög
djöfull; óòokkidjöfullinnóòokki, mannfÿlavesalingur
悪魔
악마
nevidonastikras velniasvelnias
ļaunais garsNabadziņš!sātanstīrais sliņķistīrais velns
hudičvrag
djävulDjävulenSatan
ภูต
şeytanzavallıAllahın belâsı kimsebiçarehain
ma quỷ

devil

[ˈdevl]
A. N
1. (= evil spirit) → demonio m, diablo m
the Devilel Diablo
go to the devil!¡vete al diablo!, ¡vete a la porra! (Sp)
the devil take it! (o.f.) → ¡que se lo lleve el diablo!
devils on horseback ciruelas pasas envueltas en beicon servidas sobre pan tostado
to be between the devil and the deep blue seaestar entre la espada y la pared
(to) give the devil his dueser justo hasta con el diablo
to play the devil witharruinar, estropear
to play (the) devil's advocatehacer de abogado del diablo
to raise the devilarmar la gorda
speak or talk of the devil!hablando del rey de Roma (por la puerta asoma)
better the devil you knowvale más lo malo conocido que lo bueno por conocer
the devil finds work for idle handscuando el diablo no tiene que hacer con el rabo mata moscas
see also luck
2. (= person) → demonio m
poor devilpobre diablo, pobrecito/a m/f
go on, be a devil!¡anda, atrévete or lánzate!
you little devil!¡qué diablillo or malo eres!
3. (as intensifier) the devil it is!¡qué demonio!
a devil of a noiseun ruido de todos los demonios
it was the devil of a job to do!¡menudo trabajo que (me) costó!
we had the devil of a job or the devil's own job to find itnos costó horrores encontrarlo
I'm in the devil of a messestoy en un lío tremendo
to work/run like the deviltrabajar/correr como un descosido
how/what/why/who the devil ...?¿cómo/qué/por qué/quién demonios ...?
there will be the devil to payesto va a costar caro
4. (Jur) → aprendiz m (de abogado) (Typ) → aprendiz m de imprenta
B. VT
1. [+ meat] → asar con mucho picante
2. (US) → fastidiar
C. VI to devil for (Jur) → trabajar de aprendiz para

devil

[ˈdɛvəl] n
(= person) → diable m
poor devil! → pauvre diable!
lucky devil! → sacré veinard!
go on, be a devil! → laisse-toi tenter!
(= evil spirit) → démon m
better the devil you know, better the devil you know than the devil you don't know (mainly British)il vaut mieux un danger qu'on connaît qu'un danger qu'on ne connaît pas
the devil, the Devil (= Satan) → le Diable
talk of the devil!, speak of the devil! (British)quand on parle du loup!
the devil take the hindmost → sauve qui peut
to be between the devil and the deep blue sea → être pris entre l'enclume et le marteau
to sell one's soul to the devil → vendre son âme au diable
(in exclamations) what the devil (= what on earth) → que diable
how the devil (= how on earth) → comment diable
why the devil (= why on earth) → pourquoi diable
(used as intensifier) a devil of a job (= very difficult task) → un casse-tête
to have the devil's own job doing sth, to have a devil of a job doing sth (= great difficulty) → avoir un mal de chien à faire qch, avoir un mal fou à faire qch
to work like the devil (= very hard) → travailler comme une bête
to run like the devil (= very fast) → courir comme un fou

devil

n
(= evil spirit)Teufel m
(inf: = person, child) → Teufel m (inf); (= object, screw etc)Plage f; (= daring person)Teufelskerl m; you poor devil!(du) armer Teufel!; you little devil!du kleiner Satansbraten!; shall I have another? — go on, be a devilsoll ich noch einen trinken etc? — los, nur zu, riskiers! (inf); be a devil and say yesriskier mal was und sag ja or Ja
(inf, as intensifier) I had a devil of a job getting herees war verdammt schwierig, hierherzukommen (inf); he had a devil of a time selling his carer hatte schreckliche Schwierigkeiten, sein Auto zu verkaufen; I live a devil of a long way awayich wohne verdammt weit weg; the devil of it is …das Ärgerliche daran ist … (inf); how/what/why/who the devil …?wie/was/warum/wer zum Teufel or in drei Teufels Namen …?; to work like the devilwie ein Pferd schuften (inf); to run/drive like the devilwie ein geölter Blitz sausen/fahren (inf); there will be the devil to paydas dicke Ende kommt nach
(in expressions) (to be) between the Devil and the deep blue sea(sich) in einer Zwickmühle (befinden); go to the devil! (inf)scher dich zum Teufel! (inf); the devil take him/it (old inf)der Teufel soll ihn/es holen (old inf), → hols der Teufel (inf); the devil finds work for idle hands (Prov) → Müßiggang ist aller Laster Anfang (Prov); he has the devil in him todayihn reitet heute der Teufel; to sell one’s soul to the devildem Teufel seine Seele verkaufen; speak or talk (Brit) of the devil!wenn man vom Teufel spricht!; give the devil his duedas muss der Neid ihm lassen; to have the devil’s own luck or the luck of the devil (inf)ein Schweineglück (inf)or unverschämtes Glück haben; better the devil you know (than the devil you don’t) (prov) → von zwei Übeln wählt man besser das, was man schon kennt; (the) devil take the hindmostden Letzten beißen die Hunde (Prov)
vi (Jur, Typ, Liter etc) → Handlangerdienste tun
vt (Cook) kidneysscharf gewürzt grillen

devil

:
devil’s advocate
ndes Teufels Advokat m, → Advocatus Diaboli m; to play devilden Advocatus Diaboli spielen
devil’s food cake
n (esp US) → schwere Schokoladentorte
devils-on-horseback
pl (Cook) mit Speckscheiben umwickelte Backpflaumen auf Toast

devil

[ˈdɛvl] n
a. (evil spirit) → diavolo
the Devil → il Diavolo, il Demonio
b. (fam) (person) → diavolo
poor devil → povero diavolo!
be a devil! → fai uno strappo!
you little devil! → monellaccio!
she is a devil to work for → lavorare per lei è un inferno
c. (fam) (as intensifier) it's the devil of a jobè un lavoraccio
he had the devil of a job to find it → ha sudato sette camicie per trovarlo
I'm in the devil of a mess → sono in un pasticcio del diavolo
to work/run like the devil → lavorare/correre come un dannato
how/what/who the devil ...? → come/che/chi diavolo...?
there will be the devil to pay → saranno guai
d. (phrases.) between the devil and the deep blue seatra Scilla e Cariddi
go to the devil! (fam) → vai al diavolo!
speak or talk of the devil! (fam) → lupus in fabula!, si parla del diavolo...
(to) give the devil his due ... → bisogna riconoscerglielo..., siamo giusti...

devil

(ˈdevl) noun
1. the spirit of evil; Satan. He does not worship God – he worships the Devil.
2. any evil or wicked spirit or person. That woman is a devil!
3. a person who is bad or disapproved of. She's a lazy devil.
4. an unfortunate person for whom one feels pity. Poor devils! I feel really sorry for them.

devil

شَيْطَان ďábel djævel Teufel διάβολος demonio paholainen diable vrag diavolo 悪魔 악마 duivel djevel diabeł diabo дьявол djävul ภูต şeytan ma quỷ 魔鬼
References in classic literature ?
You'll wake the cook, and there'll be the devil to pay for me.
I am as ready to do the one as the other; but to fight the Iroquois 'tis necessary to find the skulkers; and to eat,'tis necessary to get the game--talk of the devil and he will come; there is a pair of the biggest antlers I have seen this season, moving the bushes below the hill
All these, however, were mere terrors of the night, phantoms of the mind that walk in darkness; and though he had seen many spectres in his time, and been more than once beset by Satan in divers shapes, in his lonely perambulations, yet daylight put an end to all these evils; and he would have passed a pleasant life of it, in despite of the Devil and all his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins, and the whole race of witches put together, and that was--a woman.
The devil fetch that harpooneer, thought I, but stop, couldn't I steal a march on him --bolt his door inside, and jump into his bed, not to be wakened by the most violent knockings?
Flask, I take that Fedallah to be the devil in disguise.
Then he talked to all the boys very seriously about cruelty, and said how hard-hearted and cowardly it was to hurt the weak and the helpless; but what stuck in my mind was this, he said that cruelty was the devil's own trade-mark, and if we saw any one who took pleasure in cruelty we might know who he belonged to, for the devil was a murderer from the beginning, and a tormentor to the end.
Long flourish the sandal, the cord, and the cope, The dread of the devil and trust of the Pope; For to gather life's roses, unscathed by the briar, Is granted alone to the Barefooted Friar.
Next day, to make some return for his entertainment, he took upon him to divert me with some of those stories which the monks amuse simple people with, and told me of a devil that haunted a fountain, and used to make it his employment to plague the monks that came thither to fetch water, and continued his malice till he was converted by the founder of their order, who found him no very stubborn proselyte till they came to the point of circumcision; the devil was unhappily prepossessed with a strong aversion from being circumcised, which, however, by much persuasion, he at last agreed to, and afterwards taking a religious habit, died ten years after with great signs of sanctity.
By God, master," returned Sancho, "I have touched them already; and that devil, that goes about there so busily, has firm flesh, and another property very different from what I have heard say devils have, for by all accounts they all smell of brimstone and other bad smells; but this one smells of amber half a league off.
The poor devil went down like a felled ox, and rolled in the dirt among the furiously excited dogs.
At the same time, he had the name of being the very devil of a fellow for carrying on sail on a ship.
My dear Bazin, we pagans, we men of the sword, know very well when a man is made a colonel, or maitre-de-camp, or marshal of France; but if he be made a bishop, archbishop, or pope -- devil take me if the news reaches us before the three quarters of the earth have had the advantage of it