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English verb: bedevil

1. bedevil (emotion) treat cruelly


SamplesThe children tormented the stuttering teacher.


Synonymscrucify, dun, frustrate, rag, torment


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke


Narrower (hyponym)badger, beleaguer, bug, hamstring, madden, oppress, persecute, pester, tease

2. bedevil (cognition) be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly


SamplesThese questions confuse even the experts.
This question completely threw me.
This question befuddled even the teacher.


ExamplesThe performance is likely to bedevil Sue


Synonymsbefuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)be


Narrower (hyponym)amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, demoralize, disorient, disorientate, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex


Verb groupconfuse, disconcert, flurry, put off









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