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English definition of “devil”

devil

noun
 
 
/ˈdevəl/
the Devil B2 the most powerful evil spirit, according to the Christian and Jewish religionsDevils
EVIL SPIRIT [C] B2 an evil spiritSouls, spirits and ghostsDevils
PERSON [C] informal someone who behaves badlyBad and wrong behaviourDisobedientObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliant
lucky/poor, etc devil informal used to describe a person who is lucky/unlucky, etcPeople in general
(Definition of devil from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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