Definitions for DEVILˈdɛv əl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Satan, Old Nick, Devil, Lucifer, Beelzebub, the Tempter, Prince of Darkness(noun)

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

  2. devil, fiend, demon, daemon, daimon(noun)

    an evil supernatural being

  3. devil, deuce, dickens(noun)

    a word used in exclamations of confusion

    "what the devil"; "the deuce with it"; "the dickens you say"

  4. hellion, heller, devil(noun)

    a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man)

    "he chased the young hellions out of his yard"

  5. monster, fiend, devil, demon, ogre(verb)

    a cruel wicked and inhuman person

  6. annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil(verb)

    cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

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

  7. devil(verb)

    coat or stuff with a spicy paste

    "devilled eggs"


  1. devil(Noun)

    A creature of hell.

  2. devil(Noun)

    (the devil or the Devil) The chief devil; Satan.

  3. devil(Noun)

    The bad part of the conscience; the opposite to the angel.

  4. devil(Noun)

    A wicked or naughty person, or one who harbors reckless, spirited energy, especially in a mischievous way; usually said of a young child.

  5. devil(Noun)

    A thing that is awkward or difficult to understand or do.

  6. devil(Noun)


  7. devil(Noun)

    A person, especially a man; used to express a particular opinion of him, usually in the phrases poor devil and lucky devil.

  8. devil(Noun)

    A dust devil.

  9. devil(Noun)

    An evil or erroneous entity.

  10. devil(Verb)

    To annoy or bother; to bedevil.

  11. devil(Verb)

    To work as a u2018devilu2019; to work for a lawyer or writer without fee or recognition.

  12. devil(Verb)

    To grill with cayenne pepper; to season highly in cooking, as with pepper.

  13. devil(Verb)

    To finely grind cooked ham or other meat with spices and condiments.

  14. devil(Verb)

    To prepare a sidedish of shelled halved boiled eggs to whose extracted yolks are added condiments and spices, which mixture then is placed into the halved whites to be served.

  15. devil(Noun)

    barren, unproductive and unused, as in devil strip.

  16. Devil(ProperNoun)

    The chief devil; Satan.

  17. Origin: From deofol, from διάβολος, also as "Satan" (in Jewish/Christian usage, translating Biblical Hebrew שטן, satán), from διαβάλλω, literally “to throw across”, from διά + βάλλω. The Old English word was probably adopted under influence of Latin diabolus (itself from the Greek). Other Germanic languages adopted the word independently: compare Dutch duivel, Low German düvel, German Teufel, Swedish djävul (older: djefvul, Old Swedish diævul, Old Norse djǫfull).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Devil(noun)

    the Evil One; Satan, represented as the tempter and spiritual of mankind

  2. Devil(noun)

    an evil spirit; a demon

  3. Devil(noun)

    a very wicked person; hence, any great evil

  4. Devil(noun)

    an expletive of surprise, vexation, or emphasis, or, ironically, of negation

  5. Devil(noun)

    a dish, as a bone with the meat, broiled and excessively peppered; a grill with Cayenne pepper

  6. Devil(noun)

    a machine for tearing or cutting rags, cotton, etc

  7. Devil(verb)

    to make like a devil; to invest with the character of a devil

  8. Devil(verb)

    to grill with Cayenne pepper; to season highly in cooking, as with pepper

  9. Origin: [AS. defol, deful; akin to G. eufel, Goth. diabalus; 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. Devil

    The Devil is believed in many religions, myths and cultures to be a supernatural entity that is the personification of evil and the enemy of God and humankind. The nature of the role varies greatly, ranging from being an effective opposite force to the creator god, locked in an eons long struggle for human souls on what may seem even terms, to being a comical figure of fun or an abstract aspect of the individual human condition. While mainstream Judaism contains no overt concept of a devil, Christianity and Islam have variously regarded the Devil as a rebellious fallen angel or demon that tempts humans to sin, if not commit evil deeds himself. In these religions – particularly during periods of division or external threat – the Devil has assumed more of a dualistic status commonly associated with heretics, infidels, and other unbelievers. As such, the Devil is seen as an allegory that represents a crisis of faith, individualism, free will, wisdom and enlightenment. In mainstream Christianity, God and the Devil are usually portrayed as fighting over the souls of humans, with the Devil seeking to lure people away from God and into Hell. The Devil commands a force of evil spirits, commonly known as demons. The Hebrew Bible describes the Adversary as an angel who instigates tests upon humankind. Many other religions have a trickster or tempter figure that is similar to the Devil. Modern conceptions of the Devil include the concept that it symbolizes humans' own lower nature or sinfulness.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. devil

    A god who has been bounced for conduct unbecoming a gentleman.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. DEVIL

    An old rascal mentioned in the Bible, now reported engaged to Mary McLane.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DEVIL' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3675

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DEVIL' in Nouns Frequency: #1855

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Flip Wilson:

    The devil made me do it!

  2. Kedar Joshi:

    In hell, the Devil is God.

  3. Remy Nathan:

    The devil's in the details.

  4. Italian Proverb:

    Speak of the devil and he appears.

  5. Proverb:

    The Devil finds work for idle hands.

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