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Meaning of DEVIL

Pronunciation:  'devul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a word used in exclamations of confusion; "what the devil"; "the deuce with it"; "the dickens you say"
  2. [n]  one of the evil spirits of traditional Jewish and Christian belief
  3. [n]  (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell
  4. [n]  a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man); "he chased the young hellions out of his yard"
  5. [n]  a cruel wicked and inhuman person
  6. [v]  coat or stuff with a spicy paste; "devilled eggs"
  7. [v]  cause annoyance in; disturb, esp. by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

DEVIL is a 5 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: annoy, Beelzebub, bother, chafe, daemon, daimon, demon, deuce, dickens, fiend, get at, get to, gravel, heller, hellion, irritate, Lucifer, monster, nark, nettle, ogre, Old Nick, Prince of Darkness, rag, rile, Satan, Shaytan, the Devil, the Tempter, vex
 See Also: antagonise, antagonize, bad hat, beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, cook, demoniac, dibbuk, disagreeable person, displease, dybbuk, eat into, evil spirit, exclaiming, exclamation, fix, fret, get, grate, harass, harry, hassle, incubus, make, mischief-maker, molest, peeve, plague, prepare, provoke, rankle, ready, ruffle, spiritual being, succuba, succubus, supernatural being, trouble maker, troublemaker, troubler, unpleasant person



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dev"il\, n. [AS. de['o]fol, de['o]ful; akin to G. ?eufel,
    Goth. diaba['u]lus; all fr. L. diabolus the devil, Gr. ? the
    devil, the slanderer, fr. ? to slander, calumniate, orig., to
    throw across; ? across + ? to throw, let fall, fall; cf. Skr.
    gal to fall. Cf. {Diabolic}.]
    1. The Evil One; Satan, represented as the tempter and
       spiritual of mankind.
             [Jesus] being forty days tempted of the devil.
                                                   --Luke iv. 2.
             That old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which
             deceiveth the whole world.            --Rev. xii. 9.
    2. An evil spirit; a demon.
             A dumb man possessed with a devil.    --Matt. ix.
    3. A very wicked person; hence, any great evil. ``That devil
       Glendower.'' ``The devil drunkenness.'' --Shak.
             Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a
             devil?                                --John vi. 70.
    4. An expletive of surprise, vexation, or emphasis, or,
       ironically, of negation. [Low]
             The devil a puritan that he is, . . . but a
             timepleaser.                          --Shak.
             The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare, But
             wonder how the devil they got there.  --Pope.
    5. (Cookery) A dish, as a bone with the meat, broiled and
       excessively peppered; a grill with Cayenne pepper.
             Men and women busy in baking, broiling, roasting
             oysters, and preparing devils on the gridiron. --Sir
                                                   W. Scott.
    6. (Manuf.) A machine for tearing or cutting rags, cotton,
    {Blue devils}. See under {Blue}.
    {Cartesian devil}. See under {Cartesian}.
    {Devil bird} (Zo["o]l.), one of two or more South African
       drongo shrikes ({Edolius retifer}, and {E. remifer}),
       believed by the natives to be connected with sorcery.
    {Devil may care}, reckless, defiant of authority; -- used
       adjectively. --Longfellow.
    {Devil's apron} (Bot.), the large kelp ({Laminaria
       saccharina}, and {L. longicruris}) of the Atlantic ocean,
       having a blackish, leathery expansion, shaped somewhat
       like an apron.
    {Devil's coachhorse}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) The black rove beetle ({Ocypus olens}). [Eng.]
       (b) A large, predacious, hemipterous insect ({Prionotus
           cristatus}); the wheel bug. [U.S.]
    {Devil's darning-needle}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Darn}, v. t.
    {Devil's fingers}, {Devil's hand} (Zo["o]l.), the common
       British starfish ({Asterias rubens}); -- also applied to a
       sponge with stout branches. [Prov. Eng., Irish & Scot.]
    {Devil's riding-horse} (Zo["o]l.), the American mantis
       ({Mantis Carolina}).
    {The Devil's tattoo}, a drumming with the fingers or feet.
       ``Jack played the Devil's tattoo on the door with his boot
       heels.'' --F. Hardman (Blackw. Mag.).
    {Devil worship}, worship of the power of evil; -- still
       practiced by barbarians who believe that the good and evil
       forces of nature are of equal power.
    {Printer's devil}, the youngest apprentice in a printing
       office, who runs on errands, does dirty work (as washing
       the ink rollers and sweeping), etc. ``Without fearing the
       printer's devil or the sheriff's officer.'' --Macaulay.
    {Tasmanian devil} (Zo["o]l.), a very savage carnivorous
       marsupial of Tasmania ({Dasyurus, or Diabolus, ursinus}).
    {To play devil with}, to molest extremely; to ruin. [Low]
  2. \Dev"il\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deviled}or {Devilled}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Deviling}or {Devilling}.]
    1. To make like a devil; to invest with the character of a
    2. To grill with Cayenne pepper; to season highly in cooking,
       as with pepper.
             A deviled leg of turkey.              --W. Irving.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing the devil in your dream means negative aspects of yourself. It may also indicate feelings of guilt that you have been harboring. It is time to release these feelings. Alternatively, the devil may represent intelligence, cunningness, deception, and cleverness. Dreaming that you fought off the devil, symbolizes that you will succeed in defSeeing or eating your enemies. Dreaming that the devil talks to you means that you will find some temptations hard to resist even though you know it is not in your best interest. Dreaming that you and the devils were in friendly terms, suggests that you may be seduced and tempted into doing something you do not want to do. You may be dealing with issues of morality.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(Gr. diabolos), a slanderer, the arch-enemy of man's spiritual interest (Job 1:6; Rev. 2:10; Zech. 3:1). He is called also "the accuser of the brethen" (Rev. 12:10).

In Lev. 17:7 the word "devil" is the translation of the Hebrew _sair_, meaning a "goat" or "satyr" (Isa. 13:21; 34:14), alluding to the wood-daemons, the objects of idolatrous worship among the heathen.

In Deut. 32:17 and Ps. 106:37 it is the translation of Hebrew _shed_, meaning lord, and idol, regarded by the Jews as a "demon," as the word is rendered in the Revised Version.

In the narratives of the Gospels regarding the "casting out of devils" a different Greek word (daimon) is used. In the time of our Lord there were frequent cases of demoniacal possession (Matt. 12:25-30; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 4:35; 10:18, etc.).

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