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


  • ASU Football: The Cynical Sun Devil takes on the bye week
    It's a tragedy-themed edition of the Cynical Sun Devil, as resident cynic Shane Theodore laments about everything from Taylor Kelly's untimely injury to free taco etiquette. You see, my apartment complex decided to celebrate Mexican Independence Day today and instead of doing anything to actually celebrate Mexican Independence Day, they stocked up on 70 Ta Read more on this news related to 'Devil'
  • AOL Expands Premium Offerings; Introduces Road Devil Interstitial for Mobile
    AOL Inc. today unveiled the latest addition to its Devil Ad Suite of premium formats, the Road Devil Interstitial for Mobile . With this announcement, AOL expands its offerings to deliver unprecedented reach and scale of both data-driven premium formats and access to premium inventory across every screen. Read more on this news related to 'Devil'
  • Devil statue prompts public art discussion
    The racy statue may be art, but that doesn’t mean it will be back anytime soon. Read more on this news related to 'Devil'

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