devil Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell
Prince of Darkness; Lucifer; the Tempter; Beelzebub; Satan; Old Nick.
noun an evil supernatural being
daemon; demon; daimon; fiend.
noun a word used in exclamations of confusion
- what the devil
- the deuce with it
- the dickens you say
noun a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man)
- he chased the young hellions out of his yard
noun a cruel wicked and inhuman person
ogre; demon; monster; fiend.
verb cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
annoy; rag; bother; vex; irritate; nettle; rile; get to; nark; get at; gravel; chafe.
- Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me
- It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves
verb coat or stuff with a spicy paste
- devilled eggs
The Evil One; Satan, represented as the tempter and spiritual of mankind.
[Jesus] being forty days tempted of the devil. Luke iv. 2.
That old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world. Rev. xii. 9.
An evil spirit; a demon.
A dumb man possessed with a devil. Matt. ix. 32.
A very wicked person; hence, any great evil."That devil Glendower." "The devil drunkenness." Shak.
Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? John vi. 70.
An expletive of surprise, vexation, or emphasis, or, ironically, of negation.Low
The devil a puritan that he is, . . . but a timepleaser. Shak.
The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare, But wonder how the devil they got there. Pope.
(Cookery) A dish, as a bone with the meat, broiled and excessively peppered; a grill with Cayenne pepper.
Men and women busy in baking, broiling, roasting oysters, and preparing devils on the gridiron. Sir W. Scott.
(Manuf.) A machine for tearing or cutting rags, cotton, etc.
Dev"il transitive verb
To make like a devil; to invest with the character of a devil.
To grill with Cayenne pepper; to season highly in cooking, as with pepper.
A deviled leg of turkey. W. Irving.
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