devil Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “devil” in the English Dictionary

"devil" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈdev.əl/

devil noun (EVIL BEING)

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

C2 [C] informal someone, ​especially a ​child, who ​behavesbadly: 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 ​shortblackskirt 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 ​expressyouropinion 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.
(Definition of devil from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"devil" in American English

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devilnoun [C]

 us   /ˈdev·əl/
an ​evil being, often ​represented in ​humanform but with a ​tail and ​hornsthe Devil The Devil, in ​Christianity, ​Islam, and ​Judaism, is the most ​powerfulevilspirit. The devil can be used to give ​emphasis to a ​question: What the devil are you doing?
(Definition of devil from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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