• WordNet 3.6
    • v 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"
    • v bedevil treat cruelly "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bedevil To spoil; to corrupt.
    • Bedevil To throw into utter disorder and confusion, as if by the agency of evil spirits; to bring under diabolical influence; to torment. "Bedeviled and used worse than St. Bartholomew."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bedevil To treat with diabolical violence or abuse.
    • bedevil To possess with or as with a devil.
    • bedevil To “play the devil with”; transform or confuse as if by the aid or agency of evil spirits; confound; muddle; corrupt; spoil.
    • bedevil To bewilder with worry; torment; bother; confuse.
    • bedevil To make a devil or devils of; bring into the condition of a devil: as, to bedevil mankind.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Bedevil be-dev′il to throw into confusion: to 'play the devil' with: to torment: to treat with devilish malignity
    • pass Bedevil to be possessed of a devil, to be devil-rid
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In literature:

So I hope there is the greater chance of no such bedevilment happening to me.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Well now, have you not seen good food so bedevilled by unskilful cookery that no one could be brought to eat the pudding?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
After bedevilling the officials for a time, our business for the day was over.
"Gold" by Stewart White
And in his bedevilled and dishonoured soul there was no thought of self.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
However she bedevils you, you must be little Bright-eyes still!
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
The bedevilled, like the heretic, should be burnt.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
The old bandit who with his bedevilled band so long raided Limousin and Auvergne!
"The Poniard's Hilt" by Eugène Sue
Suzanne was bedeviling him by her support and communications.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
He was a mouse, bedeviling a cat with a broom straw.
"The Giants From Outer Space" by Geoff St. Reynard
You are the count of the county of Nantes, close to the frontiers of that bedeviled Armorica.
"The Abbatial Crosier" by Eugène Sue

In poetry:

He's a Rip van Winkle skipper,
A Wandering Jew of the sea,
Who sails his bedevilled old clipper
In the wind's eye, straight as a bee.
"The Flying Dutchman" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Basel III's Bedeviling Complexity .
Gas shortages and gridlock still bedeviled New York and New Jersey, but more subways and commuter rail lines resumed service Friday.
La Villa Bedevils Monte Alto In First Edition Of Rivalry.
One of the great mysteries bedeviling election oracles is the " excitement " factor.
Since Washington, presidents have been bedeviled by the demands of the job: Kelsey Cramer and David Beukema.
Imported or homemade, Gaza's rocket arsenals bedevil Israel.
History is chock full of candidates who've been bedeviled by candidates with look-alike names.
Tensions on the Korean peninsula have bedeviled 12 presidents, and the latest is no exception.
On Sept 18, BP engineers permanently sealed the broken mile-deep oil well that has bedeviled our world for far too long.
Minnesota Gov Mark Dayton and legislative leaders were meeting Wednesday to try to find solutions to issues bedeviling the current session.
For this deadly variety of skin cancer, effective treatment continues to be bedeviled by challenges in detection.
Some of the weather extremes bedeviling people around the world have become far more likely because of human-induced global warming, researchers reported on Tuesday.
With airborne pollen at a seasonal high in the area, symptoms such as bedeviling sneezes, swollen eyes, and runny noses plague many Louisville residents.
Bedeviled by the challenges of measuring nanofeatures on ever-shrinking chips.
As National Football League training camps open this week, concussions will again be at the forefront of medical problems that bedevil players and confound team physicians.

In science:

The latter can also enable simultaneous accretion and explosion, thereby solving the problem of the accretion tamp that has bedeviled the theory of the neutrino mechanism for years.
Multi-Dimensional Explorations in Supernova Theory
This consequence of the non-linearity of Einstein’s equations has bedeviled the sub ject of gravitational radiation for decades.
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
This consequence of the non-linearity of Einstein’s equations has bedeviled the sub ject of gravitational radiation for decades.
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
No such stars have ever been seen, and calculations of the nucleosynthetic products are bedeviled by ma jor uncertainties about the amount and importance of (a) rotation (Chiappini et al. 2006), (b) mass loss (Smith and Owocki 2006), and (c) non-LTE21 (Collet et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
This sensitivity to extinction, together with the extreme crowding which bedevils ground-based photometry, is well illustrated by the recent history of structural analyses of the inner Milky Way disk by the OGLE microlensing group, based on low spatial-resolution optical data.
Galactic Bulges