Definitions

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

Etymologies

be- +‎ devil (Wiktionary)

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.