Definition of bedevil in English:

bedevil

verb

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

    ‘inconsistencies that bedevil modern English spelling’
    • ‘Treating the Universe as a hologram might solve one of the biggest problems bedeviling modern physics.’
    • ‘The result was a profound ethnic divide that continues to bedevil political life.’
    • ‘For investors, management's focus on cash flow is important since consumption trends may continue to bedevil the industry.’
    • ‘It is time to put a stop to the crisis management that bedevils our health system.’
    • ‘I'd say that what bedevils Pop now is its lack of artiness.’
    • ‘These are questions that have long bedeviled historians who study children and childhood in early modern Europe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My three-day tour in the French Basque country was bedevilled by all sorts of trouble.’
    • ‘The debate over how to deal with illegal immigrants has bedeviled the country for years.’
    • ‘But this is a problem which bedevils political thought everywhere.’
    • ‘It is these inequalities that bedevil the operations of the troubled music companies, as much as piracy.’
    • ‘Gone are the spelling rules that bedeviled many students' days.’
    • ‘What I don't understand is why this tragic case should be an occasion for the partisan hatred which currently bedevils our public life.’
    • ‘Without a low-cost way to get into orbit this problem will continue to bedevil the space industry and its supporters.’
    • ‘Domestically, complaints about university tuition fees and the state of the health service continue to bedevil him.’
    • ‘In spite of the precision and speed of information, fog and friction will continue to bedevil military operations.’
    • ‘This is the Buenos Aires I have fallen in love with, full of inconsistencies, bedeviled by its tragic circumstances.’
    • ‘He said: ‘We started off very well but then work was bedevilled by delays due to supply of materials and bad weather.’’
    • ‘Legal issues continue to bedevil the e-book market.’
    • ‘Uncertainty over what to do with nuclear waste bedevils nuclear power.’
    1. 1.1 (of a person) torment or harass.
      ‘he bedeviled 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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
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Pronunciation:

bedevil

/bəˈdevəl/