Etymology
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bedevil (v.)

1768, "to treat diabolically, abuse," from be- + verbal use of devil (q.v.). The meaning "mischievously confuse" is from 1755; that of "drive frantic" is from 1823. Related: Bedeviled (1570s in a literal sense, "possessed"); bedeviling.

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bedevilment (n.)

"state of bewildering or vexatious disorder or confusion, "1825, from bedevil + -ment.

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