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Definition 1: a word used in exclamations of confusion - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where devil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for devil in the sense of this definition

(devil is a kind of ...) an abrupt excited utterance

"she gave an exclamation of delight" "there was much exclaiming over it"

Definition 2: an evil supernatural being - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for devil in the sense of this definition

(devil is a kind of ...) a spirit tending to cause harm

(... is a kind of devil ) a male demon believed to lie on sleeping persons and to have sexual intercourse with sleeping women

(... is a kind of devil ) a female demon believed to have sexual intercourse with sleeping men

(... is a kind of devil ) (Jewish folklore) a demon that enters the body of a living person and controls that body's behavior

Definition 3: a cruel wicked and inhuman person - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for devil in the sense of this definition

(devil is a kind of ...) a person who is not pleasant or agreeable

(... is a kind of devil ) someone who acts as if possessed by a demon

Definition 4: (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for devil in the sense of this definition

(devil is an instance of ...) an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events

(devil belongs to category ...) a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny

"he lost his faith but not his morality"

(devil belongs to category ...) 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

"Islam is a complete way of life, not a Sunday religion" "the term Muhammadanism is offensive to Muslims who believe that Allah, not Muhammad, founded their religion"

Definition 5: a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man) - [noun denoting person]

Samples where devil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he chased the young hellions out of his yard

Synonyms for devil in the sense of this definition

(devil is a kind of ...) someone who deliberately stirs up trouble

Definition 6: coat or stuff with a spicy paste - [verb of creation]

Samples where devil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • devilled eggs

(devil is a kind of ...) prepare for eating by applying heat

"Cook me dinner, please" "can you make me an omelette?" "fix breakfast for the guests, please"

(devil belongs to category ...) the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat

"cooking can be a great art" "people are needed who have experience in cookery" "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"

Definition 7: cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations - [verb of emotion]

Samples where devil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for devil in the sense of this definition

(devil is a kind of ...) give displeasure to

(... is a kind of devil ) irritate

"Her childish behavior really get to me" "His lying really gets me"

(... is a kind of devil ) gnaw into; make resentful or angry

"The injustice rankled her" "his resentment festered"

(... is a kind of devil ) cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful

(... is a kind of devil ) trouble or vex

"ruffle somebody's composure"

(... is a kind of devil ) cause annoyance in

(... is a kind of devil ) annoy continually or chronically

"He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked" "This man harasses his female co-workers"

(... is a kind of devil ) provoke the hostility of

"Don't antagonize your boss"

(devil has a similar meaning as ...) feel extreme irritation or anger

"He was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation"

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