Devil

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Devil Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • a word used in exclamations of confusion; "what the devil"; "the deuce with it"; "the dickens you say"
  • one of the evil spirits of traditional Jewish and Christian belief
  • (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell
  • a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man); "he chased the young hellions out of his yard"
  • a cruel wicked and inhuman person
  • coat or stuff with a spicy paste; "devilled eggs"
  • cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell ,
  • one of the evil spirits of traditional Jewish and Christian belief ,
  • a word used in exclamations of confusion; "what the devil"; "the deuce with it"; "the dickens you say" ,
  • a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man); "he chased the young hellions out of his yard" ,
  • a cruel wicked and inhuman person

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Devil Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


In some religions, the devil is a bad spirit that tries to create problems for people. Some people also use the words "the Devil" or "Satan" for the most powerful devil. The word "devil" comes from the Greek word "diabolos" which means "someone who tells lies to hurt you". ("Diabolos" is translated to the English word "slanderer.") The New Testament uses "diabolos" as a title for Satan, and so "The Devil" became another name for Satan in English.

In the Old Testament, there is the serpent and the shaitan, who may be two different characters. "Shaitan" in Hebrew means "adversary", an enemy or opponent. Shaitan is also the word used for the devil in the Koran, who often appears as an animal and tries to get people to do the wrong thing.

In Christianity the Devil was originally an angel in heaven called Lucifer. But he wanted to be the ruler of heaven and so he revolted against God. After a hard fight he was defeated and thrown out of heaven. Some other angels who helped him were also thrown out.



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'Devil' example sentence in quotations


* The Joker Tell me something, my friend. You ever dance with the devil by the pale moonlight - Batman

* Fear of the devil is one way of doubting God. - Kahlil Gibran

* The devil hath power To assume a pleasing shape. - William Shakespeare


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Devil Sample Sentences in News


  • 'The Devil's Detective' Is A Grim Tour Through A Noirish Hell
    Hell is actually a bureaucracy in Simon Kurt Unsworth's debut novel. Reviewer Jason Heller says the tale of a demonic murder investigation starts strong but gets mired in the details of infernal life. Read more on this news related to 'Devil'
  • Devil seeks an opportunity to attack
    “Neither give place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:27). There are many people today who doubt the devil exists. They look at the devil as some kind of medieval superstition that is equivalent with monsters. The fact that Jesus believed and taught that there is a devil should be all the information we need to know that the devil is real. read more Read more on this news related to 'Devil'
  • Devil's Lake State Park is named national historic place
    BARABOO, Wis. (AP) — Devil's Lake State Park is officially an historic place. The Baraboo News Republic reports (http://bit. Read more on this news related to 'Devil'

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