• WordNet 3.6
    • n bedevilment the act of harassing someone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bedevilment The state of being bedeviled; bewildering confusion; vexatious trouble.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bedevilment The act of bedeviling, or the state of being bedeviled; especially, a state of bewildering or vexatious disorder or confusion.
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In literature:

Even the fiercest hunting animals we so bedevilled that they learned to leave our places alone.
"Before Adam" by Jack London
Well now, have you not seen good food so bedevilled by unskilful cookery that no one could be brought to eat the pudding?
"Prince Otto a Romance" by Robert Louis Stevenson
His piece was bedeviled, and he was seeking how best to save it.
"Nana, The Miller's Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille" by Emile Zola
He bedevils the minds of men with hideous fallacies.
"Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians" by Martin Luther
And in his bedevilled and dishonoured soul there was no thought of self.
"The Ebb-Tide A Trio And Quartette" by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyde Osbourne
Now, indeed, was my government lampooned, satirised, carribonadoed, bepickled, and bedevilled.
"The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen" by Rudolph Erich Raspe
On that day the harried, bedevilled, and despairing government went insane.
"The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Everard was led to say that Nevil's cousins were bedevilled with womanfolk.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
Which, by the same token, presently lost track of him entirely, and wandered off to find and bedevil some other poor devil.
"The Black Bag" by Louis Joseph Vance
Or is it your comrades on the picket-rope that bedevil you?...
"The Maid-At-Arms" by Robert W. Chambers

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:

New foe to bedevil 'Walking Dead' survivors.
Double Payments Bedevil Veterans' Pension System.
Militants and Politics Bedevil Yemen's New Leaders.
Harassment and Evictions Bedevil Even China's Well-Off.
Newbies and True Believers Bedevil Debt-Ceiling Negotiations.
The feathered-serpent deity found its human form in Quetzalcoatl, and he's bedeviled many modern observers.
A newly conciliatory Austal USA says it is working "very closely" with the US Navy to address aggressive galvanic corrosion that is bedeviling a new combat ship.
Miscues have bedeviled Representative Michele Bachmann, participating in a Veterans Day parade.
"Homeland," the geopolitically astute spy thriller on Showtime, features three bedeviled protagonists: Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), a brilliant and bipolar C.I.A.
Land of Promise , Home of the Bedeviled and Bewildered.
It spawned the development of organized crime that bedevils us to this day.
For the past 13 years, the divorce case of Kurt and Melissa Ramin has bedeviled all the lawyers and judges it touched.
Winning by three touchdowns shouldn’t be this hard, but Clemson’s bedeviled defense delivered its best performance of the season Saturday when the offense had its worst.
Don't let poaching or hard-cooking leave you bedeviled.
While shopping for his magic equipment, Harry comes across the Sorcerer 's Stone, a bedeviled jewel whose power affects his first year at the enchanted school.

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