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devil

noun uk   us   /ˈdev.əl/

devil noun (EVIL BEING)

B2 [C] an evil being, often represented in human form but with a tail and hornsthe devil [S] (often the Devil) a powerful evil force and the enemy of God in Christianity and Judaism
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devil noun (PERSON)

C2 [C] informal someone, especially a child, who behaves badly: Those little/young devils broke my window. [C] informal humorous a person who enjoys doing things people might disapprove of: "I'm going to wear a short black skirt and thigh-length boots." "Ooh, you devil!" Have another slice of cake - go on, be a devil! [C] informal used with an adjective to describe someone and express your opinion about something that has happened to them: I hear you've got a new car, you lucky devil! He's been ill for weeks, poor devil.
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