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I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff.
Aleister Crowley

Meaning of "devil" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD DEVIL

Old English dēofol, from Latin diabolus, from Greek diabolos enemy, accuser, slanderer, from diaballein, literally: to throw across, hence, to slander.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF DEVIL

devil  [ˈdɛvəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF DEVIL

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Devil is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb devil in English.

WHAT DOES DEVIL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

devil

Devil

The Devil is believed in many religions, myths and cultures to be a supernatural entity that is the personification of evil and the enemy of God and humankind. The nature of the role varies greatly, ranging from being an effective opposite force to the creator god, locked in an eons long struggle for human souls on what may seem even terms, to being a comical figure of fun or an abstract aspect of the individual human condition. While mainstream Judaism contains no overt concept of a devil, Christianity and Islam have variously regarded the Devil as a rebellious fallen angel that tempts humans to sin, if not committing evil deeds himself. In these religions – particularly during periods of division or external threat – the Devil has assumed more of a dualistic status commonly associated with heretics, infidels, and other unbelievers. As such, the Devil is seen as an allegory that represents a crisis of faith, individualism, free will, wisdom and enlightenment. In mainstream Islam and Christianity, God and the Devil are usually portrayed as fighting over the souls of humans. The Devil rules Hell, where he and his demons punish the damned.

Definition of devil in the English dictionary

The first definition of devil in the dictionary is the chief spirit of evil and enemy of God, often represented as the ruler of hell and often depicted as a human figure with horns, cloven hoofs, and tail. Other definition of devil is one of the subordinate evil spirits of traditional Jewish and Christian belief. Devil is also a person or animal regarded as cruel, wicked, or ill-natured.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO DEVIL

PRESENT

Present
I devil
you devil
he/she/it devils
we devil
you devil
they devil
Present continuous
I am deviling
you are deviling
he/she/it is deviling
we are deviling
you are deviling
they are deviling
Present perfect
I have deviled
you have deviled
he/she/it has deviled
we have deviled
you have deviled
they have deviled
Present perfect continuous
I have been deviling
you have been deviling
he/she/it has been deviling
we have been deviling
you have been deviling
they have been deviling
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I deviled
you deviled
he/she/it deviled
we deviled
you deviled
they deviled
Past continuous
I was deviling
you were deviling
he/she/it was deviling
we were deviling
you were deviling
they were deviling
Past perfect
I had deviled
you had deviled
he/she/it had deviled
we had deviled
you had deviled
they had deviled
Past perfect continuous
I had been deviling
you had been deviling
he/she/it had been deviling
we had been deviling
you had been deviling
they had been deviling
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will devil
you will devil
he/she/it will devil
we will devil
you will devil
they will devil
Future continuous
I will be deviling
you will be deviling
he/she/it will be deviling
we will be deviling
you will be deviling
they will be deviling
Future perfect
I will have deviled
you will have deviled
he/she/it will have deviled
we will have deviled
you will have deviled
they will have deviled
Future perfect continuous
I will have been deviling
you will have been deviling
he/she/it will have been deviling
we will have been deviling
you will have been deviling
they will have been deviling
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would devil
you would devil
he/she/it would devil
we would devil
you would devil
they would devil
Conditional continuous
I would be deviling
you would be deviling
he/she/it would be deviling
we would be deviling
you would be deviling
they would be deviling
Conditional perfect
I would have devil
you would have devil
he/she/it would have devil
we would have devil
you would have devil
they would have devil
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been deviling
you would have been deviling
he/she/it would have been deviling
we would have been deviling
you would have been deviling
they would have been deviling
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you devil
we let´s devil
you devil
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to devil
Past participle
deviled
Present Participle
deviling
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH DEVIL


AS-level
ˌeɪˈɛsˌlɛvəl
bedevil
bɪˈdɛvəl
bevel
ˈbɛvəl
bilevel
ˈbaɪˌlɛvəl
daredevil
ˈdɛəˌdɛvəl
devvel
ˈdɛvəl
dishevel
dɪˈʃɛvəl
eyelevel
ˈaɪˌlɛvəl
kevel
ˈkɛvəl
knevell
ˈnɛvəl
level
ˈlɛvəl
low-level
ˌləʊˈlɛvəl
nonlevel
ˌnɒnˈlɛvəl
O-level
əʊ ˈlɛvəl
revel
ˈrɛvəl
unlevel
ʌnˈlɛvəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE DEVIL

deviceful
devil of
devil ray
devil worship
devil-may-care
devil´s advocate
devil´s bit
devil´s bit scabious
devil´s coach-horse
devil´s darning needle
devil´s food cake
Devil´s Island
devildom
deviless
devilet
devilfish
devilish
devilishly
devilishness
devilism

WORDS THAT END LIKE DEVIL

axis of evil
bean weevil
boll weevil
dust devil
evil
falling evil
go to the devil
king´s evil
like the devil
mountain devil
pea weevil
printer´s devil
raise the devil
she-devil
snow devil
Tasmanian devil
the king´s evil
the very devil
tree of knowledge of good and evil
weevil

Synonyms and antonyms of devil in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «DEVIL»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «devil» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of devil

Translation of «devil» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF DEVIL

Find out the translation of devil to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of devil from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «devil» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

魔鬼
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

demonio
570 millions of speakers

English

devil
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

शैतान
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

شَيْطَان
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

дьявол
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

diabo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

শয়তান
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

diable
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Syaitan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Teufel
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

悪魔
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

악마
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Setan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

ma quỷ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சாத்தான்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

भूत
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

şeytan
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

diavolo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

diabeł
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

диявол
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

diavol
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

διάβολος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

duiwel
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

djävul
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

djevel
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of devil

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «DEVIL»

The term «devil» is very widely used and occupies the 5.600 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «DEVIL» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «devil» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «devil» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about devil

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10 QUOTES WITH «DEVIL»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word devil.
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Ludovico Ariosto
When the devil grows old he turns hermit.
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Eric Butterworth
Evil, and evil spirits, devils and devil possession, are the outgrowth of man's inadequate consciousness of God. We must avoid thinking of evil as a thing in itself - a force that works against man or, against God, if you will.
3
Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Pride is the master sin of the devil, and the devil is the father of lies.
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Camille Claudel
I am in no mood to be deceived any longer by the crafty devil and false character whose greatest pleasure is to take advantage of everyone.
5
D. J. Cotrona
I did the 'Justice League' thing the wrong way. I read too much on the Internet. You can't do that. The Internet is the devil. Or the Internet is not the devil - the comment boards are the devil.
6
Peter Criss
I find myself evil. I believe in the devil as much as God. You can use either one to get things done.
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Aleister Crowley
I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff.
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David Crystal
Ever since the arrival of printing - thought to be the invention of the devil because it would put false opinions into people's minds - people have been arguing that new technology would have disastrous consequences for language.
9
Romeo Dallaire
I know there is a God because in Rwanda I shook hands with the devil. I have seen him, I have smelled him and I have touched him. I know the devil exists, and therefore I know there is a God.
10
El DeBarge
The devil is busy and trying to distort and adulterate the things that are the pure essence of God.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «DEVIL»

Discover the use of devil in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to devil and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Shake Hands With the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda
This book is an unsparing eyewitness account of the failure by humanity to stop the genocide, despite timely warnings.
Romeo Dallaire, 2009
2
Speak of the Devil: Tales of Satanic Abuse in Contemporary ...
Persuasively argued, this is an authoritative and scholarly account of an emotive issue.
Jean La Fontaine, 1998
3
Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success
Originally written in 1938 but never published due to its controversial nature, an insightful guide reveals the seven principles of good that will allow anyone to triumph over the obstacles that must be faced in reaching personal goals.
Napoleon Hill, Sharon L. Lechter, 2011
4
The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure
In The Number Devil, he brings together the surreal logic of Alice in Wonderland and the existential geometry of Flatland with the kind of math everyone would love, if only they had a number devil to teach it to them.
Hans Magnus Enzensberger, 2000
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Translating the Devil: Religion and Modernity Among the Ewe ...
This book offers an ethnography of the emergence of a local Christianity and its relation to changing social, political and economic formations among the Peki Ewe in Ghana.
Birgit Meyer, 1999
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Devil on the Cross
Devil on the Cross tells the tragic story of Wariinga, a young woman who emigrated from her small rural town to the city of Nairobi only to be exploited by her boss and later a corrupt businessman.
Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo, 1987
7
Devil's Workshop:: 25 Years of Jersey Devil Architecture
Devil's Workshop contains complete project descriptions, photographs, drawings, and plans on more than a dozen projects, including the Snail House, the Silo House, the Hoagie House, and the Seaside Pavillion.
Susan Piedmont-Palladino, Mark Alden Branch, 1997
8
Dancing with the Devil: How Puff Burned the Bad Boys of Hip-Hop
In revealing the dark side of the industry, Curry hopes to provide a road map for reforms necessary to prevent artists ending up in poverty, in prison or in the grave.Mark Curry has appeared on the following albums:[i]Gangsta Shi ...
Mark Curry, 2009
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The Devil In The White City
The Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and its amazing 'White City' was one of the wonders of the world. This is the incredible story of its realization, and of the two men whose fates it linked: one was an architect, the other a serial killer.
Erik Larson, 2010
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Devil Dog: The Amazing True Story of the Man Who Saved America
These stories are so dramatic and thrilling they have to be true. In DEVIL DOG, the most decorated Marine in history fights for America across the globe—and returns home to set his country straight.
David Talbot, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «DEVIL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term devil is used in the context of the following news items.
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Tyga Blames Devil for Cheating Rumors - VH1
We've noticed a trend of people blaming The Devil when bad things are happening to them. So, we thought we'd reach out to the man himself, ... «VH1.com, Jul 15»
2
Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition New Video Showcases Stylish Final …
Despite some issues like the repeated locations and bosses in the second half of the game, Devil May Cry 4 is considered as one of the best ... «Geek Snack, Jul 15»
3
Sport picture of the day: better the devil you know … - The Guardian
The Tour de France wouldn't be the Tour de France without an appearance from Dieter 'Didi' Senft aka the Tour Devil, aka El Diablo. «The Guardian, Jul 15»
4
Super Junior Reveal Comeback Date And Cover Photo For 'Devil
Super Junior member Yesung announced on Instagram that the popular boy group will be releasing a new special album Devil on July 16. «KpopStarz, Jul 15»
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FBI Director: For Would-Be Terrorists, Twitter Is the 'Devil on Their …
“It buzzes in their pocket … a device, almost a devil on their shoulder, all day long saying, 'Kill, kill, kill, kill.'” Comey noted that the Islamic ... «Foreign Policy, Jul 15»
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Devil in the detail, and that's Bill Shorten's weakness | The Australian
Bill Shorten has suffered two direct political hits on his first day before the trade union royal commission. The first is superficial and almost a ... «The Australian, Jul 15»
7
Weston teen bit by snake at Devil's Den | News 12 Connecticut
Animal Control officials say he was visiting Devil's Den Preserve on Monday when he tried to touch the snake. (July 8, 2015 1:58 PM). «News 12 Connecticut, Jul 15»
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Devil's Diciples sentencings delayed as 2nd trial approaches
The criminal sentencing for Devil's Diciples Motorcycle Club president Jeff “Fat Dog” Smith of Mount Clemens, vice president Paul Darrah of ... «The Macomb Daily, Jul 15»
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Man falls while walking off trail at Devil's Hole - Story - Wkbw.com
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) - A man had to be rescued after falling while walking off trail at Devil's Hole State Park in Niagara Falls. «WKBW-TV, Jul 15»
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Two missing teens found on Devil's Canyon Trail
SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS >> Searchers on Tuesday morning found two missing 17-year-old boys who had gone out for a hike on Devil's ... «The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Jul 15»

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