Definition of bedevil:
hurl, cod, rag, baffle, booze, get at, rebuke, confound, thwart, switch, mortify, nettle, drink, befuddle, give, chew up, subdue, blast, dress down, devil, have, dun, beleaguer, lambast, twit, have words, obnubilate, beset, disconcert, project, flurry, call on the carpet, hold, throw away, ride, tantalise, flim-flam, throw off, chide, flip, fob, trounce, rack, reprimand, torment, take to task, bawl out, drop, shake off, savage, crucify, frustrate, muddle, excruciate, feelings, obscure, bilk, pillory, gravel, cross, call down, importune, confuse, tantalize, fuddle, berate, rally, get to, put off, remonstrate, razz, spoil, chew out, fox, cast, lambaste, play tricks, solicit, pull a fast one on, nark, plague, lecture, trick, thrust, mix up, shed, scotch, blur, worry, reproof, contrive, jaw, bemuse, taunt, throw, play a trick on, foil, attack, cast off, scold, pain, torture, discombobulate, make, besiege, hound, bewilder, play a joke on, rile, jumble.
- aggravate (part of speech: verb)
He had never bothered with mental analysis; his effort to untangle his ideas in this case merely added to his puzzlement; it was like one of those patent trick things which he had picked up in idle moments, allowing the puzzle to bedevil attention and time, intriguing his interest, to his disgust.- "Joan of Arc of the North Woods", Holman Day.
- "The Prairie Wife", Arthur Stringer.
Now take a man- a white man- an American by preference- such an one as David Amber- who has led an active if thoughtful life and lived much out of doors, roughing it cheerfully in out- of- the- way corners of the world, and who has been careful to maintain his physical condition at something above par; bedevil him with a series of mysterious circumstances for a couple of months, send him on a long journey, entangle him in a passably hopeless love affair, work his expectations up to a high pitch of impatience, exasperate him with disappointment, and finally cause him to be tripped up by treachery and thrust into a pitch- black room in an unknown house in one of the vilest quarters of Calcutta: treat him in such a manner and what may you expect of him?- "The Bronze Bell", Louis Joseph Vance.