Bedeviling



to torment or harass maliciously or diabolically, as with doubts, distractions, or worries.
to possess, as with a devil; bewitch.
to cause confusion or doubt in; muddle; confound:
an issue bedeviled by prejudices.
to beset or hamper continuously:
a new building bedeviled by elevator failures.
Historical Examples

And as the bedeviling thing had begun, so it had continued, losing none of its potency for evil.
The Price Francis Lynde

In less than two years the world was rid of most of what had been bedeviling it.
And All the Earth a Grave Carroll M. Capps (AKA C.C. MacApp)

Bud was oblivious, for he had come into Bennett’s Woods to try to solve the problems that were bedeviling him.
The Black Fawn James Arthur Kjelgaard

Suzanne was bedeviling him by her support and communications.
The “Genius” Theodore Dreiser

verb (transitive) -ils, -illing, -illed (US) -ils, -iling, -iled
to harass or torment
to throw into confusion
to possess, as with a devil
v.

1768, “to treat diabolically, abuse,” from be- + verbal use of devil (q.v.). Meaning “to mischievously confuse” is from 1755; that of “to drive frantic” is from 1823. Related: Bedeviled (1570s, in a literal sense, “possessed”); bedeviling.

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