Bedevil - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bɪˈdevl|  American pronunciation of the word bedevil
Brit.  |bɪˈdɛv(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word bedevil

verb

- treat cruelly (syn: crucify, dun, frustrate, rag, torment)
- be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly (syn: befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw)

Examples

The theory bedevils scientists, none of whom have been able to prove it true or false.

The project has been bedeviled by problems since its inception.

People who have to deal with her are charmed, and fascinated, and bedeviled.

a society bedevilled by racial tensions

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: bedevil
he/she/it: bedevils
present participle: bedevilling
past tense: bedevilled
past participle: bedevilled
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