Definitions

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  • v. To rend apart.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To rend apart.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pull asunder; rend.
  • n. An obsolete or dialectal form of devil.

Etymologies

Latin divellere. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He came from Jesus College to be master here, and he was so sevear that he was commonly called the divel of Jesus; and when he was made master here some unlucky scholars broke this jest upon him -- that now the divel was entered into the heard of swine; for us Johnians are abusively called hoggs. "

    St. John's College, Cambridge

  • A reel Kitteh Fud Cumpanee tried to cre8 a resipee to devol…divel…maek a mous-flavured kittehfud.

    Well..how else was - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • And that which was worst of all, they being all women, I thinke the divel dwels among g them, for a man cannot doe any thing to please them.

    The Decameron

  • But this drunken fellow making no account of his threatnings, Art thou the divel? quoth he, then I am his damme; and so layeth upon him with his cudgell, that if the poore priest had not changed his divel's voyce, and confessed himselfe to be Hauns, and rescued by the woman that then knew him, he had bin like not to have gone out of the place alive.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 12, No. 348, December 27, 1828

  • You may have heard for this long while he was dieing of the ----; he now come abroad and look a divel, or at least a sad _memento mori_.

    The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899

  • This is known to those, who have had experience of it, and it never went well with any Family where this damned house-divel ever got an entrance.

    The Ten Pleasures of Marriage and the Second Part, The Confession of the New Married Couple

  • "Ye mane that we're betwixt the divel and the dape say," observed

    Motor Boat Boys Mississippi Cruise or, The Dash for Dixie

  • "An 'ain't I strivin' to hold this divel of a plough, as you told me; but that ounkrawn of a boy keeps whipping on the bastes in spite of all I say; will you speak to him?"

    Celtic Fairy Tales

  • "Oh, halves or alls," says the king, "put away that divel of a wolf, and we'll see about it."

    Celtic Fairy Tales

  • Well, I got away from him somehow, but when I was passing through the door, it must be the divel himself that pounced down on me with his claws, and his teeth, that were equal to sixpenny nails, and his wings -- ill luck be in his road!

    Celtic Fairy Tales

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