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DEVIL (devilled, devilling)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Devil mean? 

DEVIL (noun)
  The noun DEVIL has 5 senses:

1. (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell
2. one of the evil spirits of traditional Jewish and Christian belief
3. a word used in exclamations of confusion
4. a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man)
5. a cruel wicked and inhuman person

  Familiarity information: DEVIL used as a noun is common.


DEVIL (verb)
  The verb DEVIL has 2 senses:

1. cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
2. coat or stuff with a spicy paste

  Familiarity information: DEVIL used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEVIL (noun)


Sense 1Devil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

the Tempter; Satan; Prince of Darkness; Old Nick; Lucifer; Devil; Beelzebub

Instance hypernyms:

spiritual being; supernatural being (an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events)

Domain category:

faith; religion; religious belief (a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny)

Islam; Islamism; Mohammedanism; Muhammadanism; Muslimism (the monotheistic religious system of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran)


Sense 2devil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

One of the evil spirits of traditional Jewish and Christian belief

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

demon; daimon; daemon; devil; fiend

Hypernyms ("devil" is a kind of...):

evil spirit (a spirit tending to cause harm)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "devil"):

incubus (a male demon believed to lie on sleeping persons and to have sexual intercourse with sleeping women)

succuba; succubus (a female demon believed to have sexual intercourse with sleeping men)

dibbuk; dybbuk ((Jewish folklore) a demon that enters the body of a living person and controls that body's behavior)


Sense 3devil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A word used in exclamations of confusion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

dickens; deuce; devil

Context examples:

what the devil / the deuce with it / the dickens you say

Hypernyms ("devil" is a kind of...):

exclaiming; exclamation (an abrupt excited utterance)


Sense 4devil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

hellion; devil; heller

Context example:

he chased the young hellions out of his yard

Hypernyms ("devil" is a kind of...):

bad hat; mischief-maker; trouble maker; troublemaker; troubler (someone who deliberately stirs up trouble)


Sense 5devil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A cruel wicked and inhuman person

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

ogre; fiend; demon; monster; devil

Hypernyms ("devil" is a kind of...):

disagreeable person; unpleasant person (a person who is not pleasant or agreeable)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "devil"):

demoniac (someone who acts as if possessed by a demon)


DEVIL (verb)


Sense 1devil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

rile; nark; irritate; gravel; vex; devil; annoy; bother; nettle; rag; get to; chafe; get at

Context examples:

Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me / It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves

Hypernyms (to "devil" is one way to...):

displease (give displeasure to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "devil"):

beset; chevvy; chevy; chivvy; chivy; harass; harry; hassle; molest; plague; provoke (annoy continually or chronically)

fret (cause annoyance in)

ruffle (trouble or vex)

peeve (cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful)

eat into; fret; grate; rankle (gnaw into; make resentful or angry)

get; get under one's skin (irritate)

antagonise; antagonize (provoke the hostility of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The performance is likely to devil Sue


Sense 2devil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Coat or stuff with a spicy paste

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Context example:

devilled eggs

Hypernyms (to "devil" is one way to...):

cook; fix; make; prepare; ready (prepare for eating by applying heat)

Domain category:

cookery; cooking; preparation (the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

The chefs devil the vegetables


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