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Definition of 'devil'


  1. (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell
       Synonyms: Satan Old Nick Lucifer Beelzebub the Tempter Prince of Darkness
  2. one of the evil spirits of traditional Jewish and Christian belief
       Synonyms: fiend demon daemon daimon
  3. a word used in exclamations of confusion; "what the devil"; "the deuce with it"; "the dickens you say"
       Synonyms: deuce dickens
  4. a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man); "he chased the young hellions out of his yard"
       Synonyms: hellion heller
  5. a cruel wicked and inhuman person
       Synonyms: monster fiend demon ogre


  1. cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
       Synonyms: annoy rag get to bother get at irritate rile nark nettle gravel vex chafe
  2. coat or stuff with a spicy paste; "devilled eggs"

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