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Devil Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    Devil n
  1. (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell [syn: Satan, Old Nick, the Devil, Lucifer, Beelzebub, the Tempter, Prince of Darkness]
  2. one of the evil spirits of traditional Jewish and Christian belief [syn: fiend, demon, daemon, daimon]
  3. a word used in exclamations of confusion; "what the devil"; "the deuce with it"; "the dickens you say" [syn: deuce, dickens]
  4. a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man); "he chased the young hellions out of his yard" [syn: hellion, heller]
  5. a cruel wicked and inhuman person [syn: monster, fiend, demon, ogre] v
  6. 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" [syn: annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe]
  7. coat or stuff with a spicy paste; "devilled eggs"
Devil Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Willow \Wil"low\, n. [OE. wilowe, wilwe, AS. wilig, welig; akin to OD. wilge, D. wilg, LG. wilge. Cf. Willy.]
  1. (Bot.) Any tree or shrub of the genus Salix, including

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Devil'


The Devil (Ancient Greek: διάβολος or diábolos = 'slanderer' or 'accuser') is believed in many religions and cultures to be a powerful, supernatural entity that is the personification of evil and the enemy of God and humankind. The Devil is commonly associated with heretics, infidels, and other unbelievers. The Abrahamic religions have variously regarded the Devil as a rebellious fallen angel or demon that tempts humans to sin or commit evil deeds. Others regard the Devil as an allegory that represents a crisis of faith, individualism, free will, wisdom and enlightenment.

In mainstream Christianity, God and the Devil are usually portrayed as fighting over the souls of humans, with the Devil seeking to lure people away from God and into Hell. The Devil commands a force of evil angels, commonly known as demons. Many other religions have a trickster or tempter figure that is similar to the Devil. Modern conceptions of the Devil include the concept that it symbolizes humans' own lower nature or sinfulness.

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* 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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  • Extinct Australian predator was fierce but no Tasmanian devil
    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A fox-sized marsupial predator that roamed Australia from about 23 to 12 million years ago had plenty of bite to go along with its bark. But while it was certainly fierce, it was no Tasmanian devil, Australia's famously ferocious bantamweight brute. They used 3D computer software to reconstruct its skull - patterned after Read more on this news related to 'Devil'
  • If native advertising is so harmless, why does it rely on misleading readers? | Bob Garfield
    It's hard to read the latest gimmick for infusing a dying industry with cash as anything other than journalism selling its soul The devil walks into a bar and sits at a table with eight newspaper and magazine publishers plus one strange little fellow in shabby, dated robes. The devil says, "How'd you all like to get some advertising revenue at higher Read more on this news related to 'Devil'
  • Devil's Slide, once hellish, opens Thursday as heavenly trail
    Majestic Devil's Slide path replaces rocky roadway [...] its retirement about a year ago, the treacherous stretch of Highway 1 known as Devil's Slide was a white-knuckle ride, a dizzying drive where motorists nervously kept their eyes on the road, resisting the temptation to glance at the Pacific Ocean hundreds of feet below. The trail, built atop what was Read more on this news related to 'Devil'

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