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tr.v. be·dev·iled, be·dev·il·ing, be·dev·ils or be·dev·illed or be·dev·il·ling
1. To torment mercilessly; plague.
2. To worry, annoy, or frustrate.
3. To possess with or as if with a devil; bewitch.
4. To spoil; ruin.
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vb (tr) , -ils, -illing or -illed, -ils, -iling or -iled
1. to harass or torment
2. to throw into confusion
3. to possess, as with a devil
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
v.t. -iled, -il•ing (esp. Brit.) -illed, -il•ling.
1. to torment or harass maliciously or diabolically.
2. to possess as if with a devil; bewitch.
3. to cause confusion or doubt in; muddle; confound.
4. to beset or hamper continuously: a new building bedeviled by elevator failures.
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Past participle: bedevilled
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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|Verb||1.||bedevil - treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"|
madden - drive up the wall; go on someone's nerves
beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke - annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers"
hamstring - make ineffective or powerless; "The teachers were hamstrung by the overly rigid schedules"
badger, beleaguer, bug, pester, tease - annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
|2.||bedevil - be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly; "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled even the teacher"|
demoralize - confuse or put into disorder; "the boss's behavior demoralized everyone in the office"
bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, baffle, mystify, nonplus, perplex, puzzle, stupefy, amaze, gravel, vex, pose, stick, beat, get - be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"
disconcert, flurry, confuse, put off - cause to feel embarrassment; "The constant attention of the young man confused her"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
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verb plague, worry, trouble, frustrate, torture, irritate, torment, harass, hassle (informal), aggravate (informal), afflict, pester, vex, irk, give someone grief (Brit. & S. African) His career was bedevilled by injury.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
1. To trouble persistently from or as if from all sides:
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bedevil[bɪˈdevəl] VT to be bedevilled by problems [project] → estar plagado de problemas
the team has been bedevilled by injuries → el equipo ha sufrido muchas lesiones
an industry bedevilled by rising costs → una industria aquejada por el aumento de los costes
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
bedevil[bɪˈdɛvəl] vt (= create problems for) → miner
to be bedevilled by sth [person] → être miné(e) par qch; [enterprise, organization] → être miné(e) par qch
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
bedevil[bɪˈdɛvl] vt (person) → affliggere, tormentare; (enterprise) → intralciare, ostacolare continuamente
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995