from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun In many religions, the major personified spirit of evil, ruler of Hell, and foe of God. Used with the.
- noun A subordinate evil spirit; a demon.
- noun A wicked or malevolent person.
- noun A person.
- noun An energetic, mischievous, daring, or clever person.
- noun Printing A printer's devil.
- noun A device or machine, especially one having teeth or spikes and used for tearing.
- noun An outstanding example, especially of something difficult or bad.
- noun A severe reprimand or expression of anger.
- noun Informal Used as an intensive.
- transitive verb To season (food) heavily.
- transitive verb To annoy, torment, or harass.
- transitive verb To tear up (cloth or rags) in a toothed machine.
- idiom (between the devil and the deep blue sea) Between two equally unacceptable choices.
- idiom (full of the devil) Very energetic, mischievous, daring, or clever.
- idiom (give the devil his due) To give credit to a disagreeable or malevolent person.
- idiom (go to the devil) To be unsuccessful; fail.
- idiom (go to the devil) To become depraved.
- idiom (go to the devil) Used in the imperative to express anger or impatience.
- idiom (play the devil with) To upset or ruin.
- idiom (the devil take the hindmost) Let each person follow self-interest, leaving others to fare as they may.
- idiom (the devil to pay) Trouble to be faced as a result of an action.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To do professional work (literary or legal) for another who receives all the credit, and sometimes also the remuneration or fee; act as a literary or legal devil.
- noun A false accuser; a traducer or slanderer.
- noun [This use of the original term
διάβολοςoccurs several times in the New Testament (1 Tim. iii. 11; 2 Tim. iii. 3; Tit. ii. 3), but this is the only instance in which, when so used, it is rendered devil in the English versions.]
- noun In Christian theology, a powerful spirit of evil, otherwise called Satan (the adversary or opposer): with the definite article, and always in the singular.
- noun [Used in the English versions of the New Testament to translate the Greek
δαιμόνιονand δαίμων, a spirit or demon: see demon.] A subordinate evil spirit at enmity with God, and having power to afflict man both with bodily disease and with spiritual corruption; one of the malignant spirits employed by Satan as his agents in his work of evil; a demon.
- noun A false god; an idol.
- noun A person resembling a devil or demon in character; a malignantly wicked or cruel person; a fierce or fiendish person: often used with merely expletive or exaggerative force: as, he's the very devil for reckless dash.
- noun A fellow; a rogue: used generally with an epithet (little, poor, etc.), and expressing slight contempt or pity: as, a shrewd little devil; a poor devil (an unfortunate fellow).
- noun As an expletive: The deuce: now always with the article the, but formerly sometimes with the article a, or used absolutely, preceding a sentence or phrase, and serving, like
deuceand other words of related import, as an ejaculation expressing sudden emotion, as surprise, wonder, vexation, or disgust.
- noun Before the indefinite article with a noun, an emphatic negative: as, devil a bit (not a bit). Compare
fiend, Scotch fient, in similar use.
- noun An errand-boy in a printing-office. See
printer's devil, below.
- noun A name of several instruments or mechanical contrivances.
- noun Among jewelers, a bunch of matted wire on which the parts ot lockets are placed for soldering.
- noun Nautical, the seam of a ship which margins the waterways: so called from its awkwardness of access in calking. Hence the phrase the devil to pay, etc. See below.
- noun The Venus's-comb, Scandix Pecten, from the long tapering beaks of the fruit.
- noun over which, when first finished, the devil is supposed to have looked with a fierce and terrific countenance, as incensed and alarmed at this costly instance of devotion. Ray thinks it more probable that it took its rise from a small image of the devil placed on the top of Lincoln College, Oxford, over which he looks, seemingly with much fury.” (Grose, Local Proverbs.)
- noun A junior counsel who assists his superior, usually without financial reward.
- noun In mathematics, a curve whose equation is y — x + ay + bx = o.
- noun A ‘literary’ or professional ‘hack’; one who does professional work for another who gets all the credit.
- noun Gunpowder moistened with water or alcohol so as to destroy the granulation and form a paste: used as a sort of firework by boys, and as a priming or fuse.
- noun A moving whirlwind carrying up columns of sand, such as are common in India, Persia, and countries having dry seasons: sometimes called
dancing-devilor desert devil, and known in upper India by the local name bagoola (Hind. bagū la).
- noun A highly seasoned dish of crabs, chicken, eggs, or the like, cooked together.
- noun The wheel-bug. Also called the devil's riding-horse.
- noun The American or Virginia virgin's-bower, Clematis Virginiana, so named from its gossamer-like fruit.
- To make devilish, or like a devil.
- In cookery, to season highly with mustard, pepper, etc., and broil.
- To bother; torment.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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I dont mind your damning and blasting, and what the devil and where the devil and who the devil
Dere will be de devil of a row about dis ammunition -- oh! de _devil_ of a row!
_A Turkish proverb says, "The devil tempts the busy man, but the idle man tempts the devil_."
It is hypocrisy against the devil] _Hypocrisy against the devil_, means hypocrisy to cheat the devil.
I. ii.160 (12,6) eternal devil] I should think that our author wrote rather, _infernal devil_.
III. iii.28 (326,9) The devil knew not what he did, when he made men politick; he cross'd himself by't: and I cannot think, but in the end the villainies of man will set him clear] [_Set him clear_ does not mean acquit him before heaven; for then _the devil_ must be supposed _to know what_ he did: but it signifies puzzle him, outdo him at his own weapons.
The word devil in the Old Testament is always mentioned in the plural, suggesting not a devil as a personal entity, but a concept of demons of idolatry, the worship of idols—the false gods or deities of the heathen or pagan peoples that surrounded the Israelites geographically.
This record shows that the term devil is generic, being used in the plural number.
A three round kill on the devil is as good as a caster would do on average.
In fact, the devil is about to get worse than it has been in living memory.