Definitions for Devil
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Devil.
Satan, Old Nick, Devil, Lucifer, Beelzebub, the Tempter, Prince of Darknessnoun
(Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell
devil, fiend, demon, daemon, daimonnoun
an evil supernatural being
devil, deuce, dickensnoun
a word used in exclamations of confusion
"what the devil"; "the deuce with it"; "the dickens you say"
hellion, heller, devilnoun
a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man)
"he chased the young hellions out of his yard"
monster, fiend, devil, demon, ogreverb
a cruel wicked and inhuman person
annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devilverb
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"
coat or stuff with a spicy paste
A creature of hell.
(the devil or the Devil) The chief devil; Satan.
The bad part of the conscience; the opposite to the angel.
A wicked or naughty person, or one who harbors reckless, spirited energy, especially in a mischievous way; usually said of a young child.
A thing that is awkward or difficult to understand or do.
A person, especially a man; used to express a particular opinion of him, usually in the phrases poor devil and lucky devil.
A dust devil.
An evil or erroneous entity.
To annoy or bother; to bedevil.
To work as a 'devil'; to work for a lawyer or writer without fee or recognition.
To grill with cayenne pepper; to season highly in cooking, as with pepper.
To finely grind cooked ham or other meat with spices and condiments.
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.
barren, unproductive and unused, as in devil strip.
The chief devil; Satan.
Etymology: 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).
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: dioful, Saxon; diabolus, Latin.
Are you a man?
———— Ay, and a bold one, that dare look on that
Which might appal the devil. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
See thyself, devil:
Proper deformity seems not in the fiend
So horrid as in woman. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
A war of profit mitigates the evil;
But to be tax’d, and beaten, is the devil. George Granville.
The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare;
But wonder how the devil they got there! Alexander Pope, Epist. ii.
The devil was well, the devil a monk was he. A Proverb.
A devil is the personification of evil as it is conceived in many and various cultures and religious traditions. It is seen as the objectification of a hostile and destructive force.It is difficult to specify a particular definition of any complexity that will cover all of the traditions, beyond that it is a manifestation of evil. It is meaningful to consider the devil through the lens of each of the cultures and religions that have the devil as part of their mythos.The history of this concept intertwines with theology, mythology, psychiatry, art and literature, maintaining a validity, and developing independently within each of the traditions. It occurs historically in many contexts and cultures, and is given many different names — Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles — and attributes: It is portrayed as blue, black, or red; It is portrayed as having horns on its head, and without horns, and so on. The idea of the devil has been taken seriously often, but not always, for example when devil figures are used in advertising and on candy wrappers.
A devil is an evil supernatural being or spirit, often depicted with horns and a tail, that is typically regarded as a powerful, malevolent entity in various religions and cultures. In Christianity, the devil, also known as Satan, is considered a fallen angel who tempts humans to sin or reject God.
the Evil One; Satan, represented as the tempter and spiritual of mankind
an evil spirit; a demon
a very wicked person; hence, any great evil
an expletive of surprise, vexation, or emphasis, or, ironically, of negation
a dish, as a bone with the meat, broiled and excessively peppered; a grill with Cayenne pepper
a machine for tearing or cutting rags, cotton, etc
to make like a devil; to invest with the character of a devil
to grill with Cayenne pepper; to season highly in cooking, as with pepper
Etymology: [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.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dev′l, v.t. (cook.) to season highly and broil.—v.i. to perform another man's drudgery (esp. to devil for a barrister).
dev′l, n. the supreme spirit of evil, Satan: any evil spirit: a false god: a very wicked person: a fellow, as in 'Poor devil:' an expletive, in 'What the devil,' &c.—ns. Dev′ildom; Dev′iless; Dev′ilet; Dev′il-fish, a name for the fishing-frog or angler, for the giant-ray of the United States, and for other large and ugly fishes; Dev′il-in-the-bush, a garden flower, also called Love-in-a-mist.—adj. Dev′ilish, fiendish, malignant.—adv. (coll.) very: exceedingly.—adv. Dev′ilishly.—ns. Dev′ilism; Dev′ilkin.—adj. Dev′il-may-care, reckless, audacious.—ns. Dev′ilment; Dev′il-on-the-neck, an old instrument of torture; Dev′ilry; Dev′ilship; Dev′iltry; Dev′il-wor′ship, the worship of the devil, or of devils; Dev′il-wor′shipper.—Devil a bit, not at all; Devil of a mess, a very bad mess.—Devil's advocate, a name given to the Promoter of the Faith, an advocate at the papal court, whose duty it is to propose all reasonable objections against a person's claims to canonisation; Devil's bit, a popular name for scabious; Devil's books, playing-cards; Devil's coach-horse, a large dark-coloured beetle; Devil's dozen, thirteen (like baker's dozen); Devil's dung, a popular name for asafœtida; Devil's dust, shoddy made by a machine called the devil; Devil's own, a name given to the 88th Regiment in the Peninsular war, as also to the Inns of Court volunteers; Devil's snuff-box, the puff-ball, a kind of fungus; Devil's tattoo (see Tattoo); Devil to pay, serious trouble ahead—said to be from the difficulty of paying, or caulking, an awkward and inaccessible seam in a ship.—Cartesian devil (see Cartesian); Printer's devil, the youngest apprentice in a printing-office: a printer's errand-boy; Tasmanian devil, the ursine dasyure, a Tasmanian carnivore.—Play the devil with, to bring to utter ruin. [A.S. deóful, deófol—L. diabolus—Gr. diabolos, from diaballein, to throw across, to slander, from dia, across, and ballein, to throw; cf. Ger. teufel, Fr. diable, It. diavolo, Sp. diablo.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
A god who has been bounced for conduct unbecoming a gentleman.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
An old rascal mentioned in the Bible, now reported engaged to Mary McLane.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A sort of priming made by damping and bruising gunpowder.
Anyone who is evil or acts evil (Crosses racial/class/creed barriers)
Your Enemies/Foes An enemy, used as a term for white people. Comparable to a term like the Man. The devil made me do it -- Paris (The Devil Made Me Do It). A better example comes from Da Lench Mob-- "Buck the devil, buck the devil, buck the devil BOOM"
Who Was Who?
See Old Nic.
British National Corpus
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Rank popularity for the word 'Devil' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3675
Rank popularity for the word 'Devil' in Nouns Frequency: #1855
The numerical value of Devil in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of Devil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Well, there's a saying when the devil ignores you, then you know you're doing something wrong, you know, the devil goes,' Oh, no, leave him alone, he's my favorite. Don't bother him.' Conversely, when the devil comes at you, maybe it's because you're trying to do something right. And for whatever reason, the devil got a hold of that circumstance that night.
The Joker Tell me something, my friend. You ever dance with the devil by the pale moonlight
Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons . . . And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned around on you--where would you hide, . . . the laws all being flat? This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast--man's laws, not God's--and if you cut them down . . . do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I would give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake.”
You're looking at me as though I'm weird, my God! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the Devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the Devil! It's in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the Devil! Most of mankind has believed in the Devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the Devil.
I kind of think a known devil is better than an unknown devil, i don't mind a person shooting off the hip as long as they can back it up.
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Translations for Devil
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- شيطان, إبليسArabic
- бес, чорт, д'ябалBelarusian
- дявол, гявол, сатана, безпокоя, измъчвамBulgarian
- dimoni, diableCatalan, Valencian
- ďábel, čert, satanCzech
- дїаволъOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- djævlen, djævel, fanden, satanDanish
- Teufel, Satan, TeufelinGerman
- διάβολος, δαίμονας, ζιζάνιοGreek
- diablo, SatanoEsperanto
- ابلیس, دیو, اهریمن, شیطانPersian
- paskiainen, piru, perkele, Paholainen, pirullinen tilanne, helvetti, sielunvihollinen, saatana, pirullinen tehtävä, pippuroida, ärsyttää, suututtaaFinnish
- type, Diable, SatanFrench
- duvelWestern Frisian
- שד, שטן, יצר הרע, עזאזלHebrew
- iblis, setanIndonesian
- fjandinn, fjárinn, satan, fjandi, djöfull, ári, andskotinn, kölski, skrattinn, andskoti, skratti, fjári, djöfullinn, djöflast í, plága, þjáIcelandic
- 悪魔, 鬼, 悪鬼Japanese
- әбілет, жын, шайтан, сайтанKazakh
- សាតាំង, បិសាចKhmer
- ದೆವ್ವದ, ದೆವ್ವKannada
- 惡魔, 악귀, 악마, 惡鬼Korean
- азезил, шайтанKyrgyz
- Däiwel, SatanLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- velnias, šėtonasLithuanian
- ѓавол, враг, ѓаволштина, сатана, шејтанMacedonian
- буг, чөтгөрMongolian
- शैतान, शैतानीMarathi
- xitan, xitanaMaltese
- ငရဲမင်း, နတ်ဆိုး, ငရဲသားBurmese
- duivel, hard, noot, duvel, deugniet, verduiveld, beduvelen, peperen, pesten, plagenDutch
- bies, czart, diabeł, szatan, czortPolish
- diabo, Satã, SatanásPortuguese
- satan, drac, diavolRomanian
- дьявол, бес, шайтан, чёрт, сатанаRussian
- diàvulu, diàbulu, diàuluSardinian
- ђаво, vrag, đavo, враг, ђавао, đavaoSerbo-Croatian
- čert, diabolSlovak
- vrag, hudičSlovene
- dreq, djall, shejtanAlbanian
- djävul, Satan, Hin håle, jävel, Djävulen, jäkelSwedish
- ibilisi, shetaniSwahili
- பேய், பிசாசுTamil
- దయ్యము, డెవిల్Telugu
- иблис, шайтонTajik
- ซาตาน, ปีศาจThai
- İblis, şeytanTurkish
- чорт, біс, дияволUkrainian
- shayton, iblisUzbek
- ma, 魔, 鬼, quỷ, ác quỷVietnamese
- hidiab, diab, devel, diabälan, hidiabälan, jidiabälan, jidiab, el satanasVolapük
- שׂטן, טײַוול, טייַוולYiddish
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