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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.
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
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.
Past participle: bedevilled
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|Verb||1.||bedevil - 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"
|2.||bedevil - 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"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"