Definition of bedevil in English:

bedevil

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 (of something bad) cause great and continual trouble to:

    ‘projects like this are bedevilled by a shortage of cash’
    • ‘Legal issues continue to bedevil the e-book market.’
    • ‘But this is a problem which bedevils political thought everywhere.’
    • ‘Gone are the spelling rules that bedeviled many students' days.’
    • ‘He said: ‘We started off very well but then work was bedevilled by delays due to supply of materials and bad weather.’’
    • ‘In spite of the precision and speed of information, fog and friction will continue to bedevil military operations.’
    • ‘It is time to put a stop to the crisis management that bedevils our health system.’
    • ‘These are questions that have long bedeviled historians who study children and childhood in early modern Europe.’
    • ‘My three-day tour in the French Basque country was bedevilled by all sorts of trouble.’
    • ‘This is the Buenos Aires I have fallen in love with, full of inconsistencies, bedeviled by its tragic circumstances.’
    • ‘I'd say that what bedevils Pop now is its lack of artiness.’
    • ‘Domestically, complaints about university tuition fees and the state of the health service continue to bedevil him.’
    • ‘The result was a profound ethnic divide that continues to bedevil political life.’
    • ‘I think you should have listened and paid attention to what he said in terms of the difficulty, because that's what bedevils us right now.’
    • ‘The debate over how to deal with illegal immigrants has bedeviled the country for years.’
    • ‘For investors, management's focus on cash flow is important since consumption trends may continue to bedevil the industry.’
    • ‘Uncertainty over what to do with nuclear waste bedevils nuclear power.’
    • ‘Treating the Universe as a hologram might solve one of the biggest problems bedeviling modern physics.’
    • ‘It is these inequalities that bedevil the operations of the troubled music companies, as much as piracy.’
    • ‘Without a low-cost way to get into orbit this problem will continue to bedevil the space industry and its supporters.’
    • ‘What I don't understand is why this tragic case should be an occasion for the partisan hatred which currently bedevils our public life.’
    1. 1.1 (of a person) torment or harass:
      ‘he bedevilled them with petty practical jokes’
      • ‘He can bedevil his opponent all through the February primaries and caucuses in 17 states.’
      • ‘But the voices continued to bedevil her, and later that year she was committed to Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.’
      • ‘When not bedevilled by his personal demons his mind is razor-sharp and positive and he uses his cue as if it was a magician's wand.’
      • ‘Their misdeeds, if that's what they really were, haunted some to their graves and continue to bedevil the still living who are never allowed to forget them.’
      afflict, torment, beset, assail, beleaguer, plague, blight, harrow, rack, oppress, harry, curse, dog
      harass, distress, trouble, worry, torture
      frustrate, annoy, vex, irritate, pester, irk, exasperate, strain
      aggravate
      View synonyms

Pronunciation:

bedevil

/bɪˈdɛv(ə)l/