Definition of bedevil in English:



  • 1 (of something bad) cause great and continual trouble to.

    ‘inconsistencies that bedevil modern English spelling’
    • ‘It is time to put a stop to the crisis management that bedevils our health system.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The debate over how to deal with illegal immigrants has bedeviled the country for years.’
    • ‘Uncertainty over what to do with nuclear waste bedevils nuclear power.’
    • ‘Without a low-cost way to get into orbit this problem will continue to bedevil the space industry and its supporters.’
    • ‘Gone are the spelling rules that bedeviled many students' days.’
    • ‘In spite of the precision and speed of information, fog and friction will continue to bedevil military operations.’
    • ‘He said: ‘We started off very well but then work was bedevilled by delays due to supply of materials and bad weather.’’
    • ‘This is the Buenos Aires I have fallen in love with, full of inconsistencies, bedeviled by its tragic circumstances.’
    • ‘My three-day tour in the French Basque country was bedevilled by all sorts of trouble.’
    • ‘For investors, management's focus on cash flow is important since consumption trends may continue to bedevil the industry.’
    • ‘What I don't understand is why this tragic case should be an occasion for the partisan hatred which currently bedevils our public life.’
    • ‘Legal issues continue to bedevil the e-book market.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These are questions that have long bedeviled historians who study children and childhood in early modern Europe.’
    1. 1.1(of a person) torment or harass.
      ‘he bedeviled them with petty practical jokes’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He can bedevil his opponent all through the February primaries and caucuses in 17 states.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But the voices continued to bedevil her, and later that year she was committed to Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.’
      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
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