The definition of a devil is someone or something evil, hurtful or wicked.(noun)
To devil is to add hot seasonings to chopped food.(verb)
An example of devil is to add spices to chopped eggs, called "deviled eggs."
See devil in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME devel < OE deofol < LL(Ec) diabolus < Gr diabolos, slanderous (in LXX, Satan; in N.T., devil) < diaballein, to slander, lit., throw across < dia-, across + ballein, to throw: see ball
See devil in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English devel
Origin: , from Old English dēofol
Origin: , from Latin diabolus
Origin: , from Late Greek diabolos
Origin: , from Greek, slanderer
Origin: , from diaballein, to slander
Origin: : dia-, dia-
Origin: + ballein, to hurl; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.
See devil in Ologies
a person who denies the existence of the devil.
1. belief in or worship of the devil.
2. Theology. an action aided or prompted by the devil; sorcery; witchcraft. —diabolist, n.
1. the study of the devil.
2. devil lore.
the beliefs of the Izedis, a Mesopotamian sect said to worship the devil. Also Yezdism, Yezidism. —Izedi, Yezdi, Yezidi, n.
belief in the existence of only one devil. Cf. polydiabolism.
a Gnostic doctrine that the material world expresses the personality of Satan.
the belief that many devils exist. Cf. monodiabolism.
1. the worship of Satan or evil powers.
2. a parody of Christian ceremonies in which the devil is worshiped. —Satanist, n.
the appearance of Satan on earth.
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