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bedevil

be·dev·il

bedevil

 
pronunciation:
b de vl
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: bedeviled, bedeviling, bedevils
definition: to annoy or harass devilishly; torment.
The problems of running the dilapidated school bedeviled the principal.
similar words:
beset, devil, harass
derivation: bedevilment (n.)
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The word bedevil contains the following part:
be- Old English prefix that means to cover or surround with; to act on or change another.
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The prefix be- forms verbs from nouns and verbs.