from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To torment mercilessly; plague.
- transitive v. To worry, annoy, or frustrate.
- transitive v. To possess with or as if with a devil; bewitch.
- transitive v. To spoil; ruin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To harass or cause trouble for; to plague.
- v. To perplex or bewilder.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To throw into utter disorder and confusion, as if by the agency of evil spirits; to bring under diabolical influence; to torment.
- transitive v. To spoil; to corrupt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To treat with diabolical violence or abuse.
- To possess with or as with a devil.
- To “play the devil with”; transform or confuse as if by the aid or agency of evil spirits; confound; muddle; corrupt; spoil.
- To bewilder with worry; torment; bother; confuse.
- To make a devil or devils of; bring into the condition of a devil: as, to bedevil mankind.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
- v. treat cruelly
be- + devil (Wiktionary)