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English noun: Devil

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


SynonymsBeelzebub, Lucifer, Old Nick, Prince of Darkness, Satan, the Tempter


Instance hypernymspiritual being, supernatural being


Domain categoryfaith, Islam, Islamism, Mohammedanism, Muhammadanism, Muslimism, religion, religious belief

2. devil (person) an evil supernatural being


Synonymsdaemon, daimon, demon, fiend


Broader (hypernym)evil spirit


Narrower (hyponym)dibbuk, dybbuk, incubus, succuba, succubus

3. devil (communication) a word used in exclamations of confusion


SamplesWhat the devil.
The deuce with it.
The dickens you say.


Synonymsdeuce, dickens


Broader (hypernym)exclaiming, exclamation

4. devil (person) a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man)


SamplesHe chased the young hellions out of his yard.


Synonymsheller, hellion


Broader (hypernym)bad hat, mischief-maker, trouble maker, troublemaker, troubler

5. devil (person) a cruel wicked and inhuman person


Synonymsdemon, fiend, monster, ogre


Broader (hypernym)disagreeable person, unpleasant person


Narrower (hyponym)demoniac


English verb: devil

1. devil (emotion) cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations


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


ExamplesThe performance is likely to devil Sue


Synonymsannoy, bother, chafe, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex


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


Broader (hypernym)displease


Narrower (hyponym)antagonise, antagonize, beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, eat into, fret, fret, get, get under one's skin, grate, harass, harry, hassle, molest, peeve, plague, provoke, rankle, ruffle


Verb groupchafe

2. devil (creation) coat or stuff with a spicy paste


SamplesDevilled eggs.


ExamplesThe chefs devil the vegetables


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)cook, fix, make, prepare, ready


Domain categorycookery, cooking, preparation









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