/ˈdɛvəl / (say 'devuhl)

1. (in Jewish, Christian and Islamic theologies)
a. (sometimes upper case) the supreme spirit of evil and enemy of God; Satan.
b. a subordinate evil spirit at enmity with God, and having power to afflict humankind both with bodily disease and with spiritual corruption.
2. (in many religions) an evil spirit; demon.
3. a depiction of the devil as a man with a tail, cloven hoofs, and horns.
4. an atrociously wicked, cruel, or ill-tempered person.
5. a person of great cleverness, energy, or recklessness.
6. Tasmanian devil.
7. the errand boy or the youngest apprentice in a printing office.
8. Colloquial a person, usually one in unfortunate circumstances.
9. British Law a barrister employed by another barrister to work on a case.
10. a hack writer.
11. Colloquial fighting spirit.
12. a machine designed to do destructive work, especially with spikes or sharp teeth, as a machine for tearing rags, etc.
13. any of various portable furnaces or braziers.
verb (devilled or, US, deviled, devilling or, US, deviling)
verb (t)
14. Colloquial to harass, torment or pester.
15. Cookery to prepare (food) with the addition of hot spices.
16. to tear (rags, cloth, etc.) with a devil (def. 12).
verb (i)
17. to do work, especially hackwork, for a lawyer or writer; perform arduous or unpaid work or without recognition of one's services.
18. between the devil and the deep blue sea, faced with two equally distasteful alternatives. {Phrase Origin: ? from the great fear with which people in past times approached sea voyages with their attendant hardships and dangers, being seen as an evil as great as the Devil}
19. give the devil his due, to do justice to or give deserved credit to an unpleasant or disliked person.
20. go to the devil,
a. to fail completely; be ruined.
b. to become depraved.
c. (an exclamation expressing annoyance, disgust, impatience, etc.)
21. let the devil take the hindmost, to leave the least fortunate to suffer unpleasant consequences; abandon or leave others to their fate.
22. play the (very) devil with, to ruin; do great harm to.
23. raise the devil,
a. to cause a lot of commotion or trouble.
b. to complain or protest vociferously.
24. speak (or talk) of the devil, here comes the person who has been the subject of conversation.
25. the devil, (an emphatic exclamation or mild oath used to express disgust, anger, astonishment, negation, etc.)
26. the devil is in the detail, a superficially simple task or attractive offer presents obstacles on closer examination. {Phrase Origin: adapted from the phrase God is in the detail meaning that paying attention to detail is a worthy exercise}
27. the devil of a …, Colloquial (an intensifier): the devil of a hard time.
28. the devil to pay, serious trouble to be faced.
{Middle English devel, Old English deofol, from Latin diabolus, from Greek diabolos slanderer, accuser, traducer, calumniator, being the name used in Greek translations of the Hebrew bible for Satan}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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