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.
The Filipino constabulary soldiers made fun of them because they wore no trousers, and bedevilled them in various ways.
The Philippines Past and Present (Volume 2 of 2) Dean Conant Worcester
It has already, and I am down and hipped and bedevilled cruelly.
Charles Lever, His Life in His Letters, Vol. II (of II) Edmund Downey
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) Robert Louis Stevenson
The very captains in the harbor have been bedevilled by the priests.
A King of Tyre James M. Ludlow
Then he scanned the portier, and glanced round once more at the bedevilled architecture.
A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories William D. Howells
Are you bedevilled with Wentworth’s theory that a man can be both a socialist and a royalist?
The Decadent Ralph Adams Cram
On that day the harried, bedevilled, and despairing government went insane.
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
She is possessed, bedevilled, and she does not belong to the Devil.
La Sorcire: The Witch of the Middle Ages Jules Michelet
They were “bedevilled” by the most intellect-deadening of all the opiates, the Soothing Syrup of Popularity.
My Little Sister Elizabeth Robins
The volunteers, flocking in mass to the front, changed entirely by their bedevilled fury the previous tactics of the war.
The Sword of Honor, volumes 1 & 2 Eugne Sue
verb (transitive) -ils, -illing, -illed (US) -ils, -iling, -iled
to harass or torment
to throw into confusion
to possess, as with a devil
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.
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 He felt as in some hideous dream—long-involved—a maze […]
a county in central England. 477 sq. mi. (1235 sq. km). Historical Examples They occupied Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, and Hertfordshire. Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1 The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. The son of a London tradesman, he had inherited an estate in Bedfordshire. The English Utilitarians, Volume I. Leslie Stephen […]
verb to engage in casual sexual affairs; to have sex promiscuously
Sir Arthurian Legend. the knight who brought the dying King Arthur to the barge in which the three queens bore him to the Isle of Avalon. Historical Examples So Sir Bedivere came again unto the King, and told him what he saw. The Book of Romance Various So Sir Bedivere came again to the King, […]