An example of a devil is Satan from the Christian Bible.
An example of a devil is a tornado that causes death and wreckage.
An example of devil is to add spices to chopped eggs, called "deviled eggs."
A handsome devil; the poor devil.
Has a devil of a temper.
Who the devil do you think you are?
That poor devil.
Gave me the devil for cutting class.
- Between two equally unacceptable choices.
- Very energetic, mischievous, daring, or clever.
- To give credit to a disagreeable or malevolent person.
- To be unsuccessful; fail.
- To become depraved.
- Used in the imperative to express anger or impatience.
- To upset or ruin.
- Let each person follow self-interest, leaving others to fare as they may.
- Trouble to be faced as a result of an action:.There'll be the devil to pay if you allow the piglets inside the house.
- An extreme example of a.
- Between equally unpleasant alternatives.
- To acknowledge the ability or success of even a wicked or unpleasant person.
- To fall into bad habits; degenerate morally.
- Go to hell!.
- To cause to go awry; upset.
- To conjure up the devil.
- To make a commotion or have a boisterous good time.
- An exclamation of anger, surprise, negation, etc.
- Trouble as a consequence.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of devil
- Middle English devel from Old English dēofol from Latin diabolus from Late Greek diabolos from Greek slanderer from diaballein to slander dia- dia- ballein to hurl gwelə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old English dēofol, from Ancient Greek διάβολος (diabolos, “accuser, slanderer”), also as "Satan" (in Jewish/Christian usage, translating Biblical Hebrew שטן, satán), from διαβάλλω (diaballō, “to slander”), literally “to throw across”, from διά (dia, “through, across”) + βάλλω (ballō, “throw”). The Old English word was probably adopted under influence of Latin diabolus (itself from the Greek). Other Germanic languages adopted the word independently: compare Dutch duivel, Low German düvel, German Teufel, Swedish djävul (older: djefvul, Old Swedish diævul, Old Norse djǫfull).
- See devil