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.
He felt as in some hideous dream—long-involved—a maze of delusion and bedevilment, from which there was no escape.
Mount Royal, Volume 3 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
But having entered, the confusion and bedevilment was ten times worse than even in the churchyard itself.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXIX. Various
Scotland is the home of weird, uncanny creatures, who take lovely shapes for the bedevilment of poor weak souls.
Behind A Mask, Or A Woman’s Power A. M. Barnard
Isabelle did not formulate any plan of bedevilment for the Captain, but she watched for opportunities with lynx-eyed attention.
The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
She had helped him—I had his own word for it that at Clockborough her bedevilment of the voters had really put him in.
The Coxon Fund Henry James
verb (transitive) -ils, -illing, -illed (US) -ils, -iling, -iled
to harass or torment
to throw into confusion
to possess, as with a devil
1825, from bedevil + -ment.
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.
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, […]
a scene or state of wild uproar and confusion. Archaic. an insane asylum or madhouse. Contemporary Examples Casa Bruja is a diamond in the rough, a refuge among all this bedlam. House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama Jeff Campagna November 29, 2014 Historical Examples bedlam, uproar, chaos; and all this half […]