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devilnoun [C]

 us   /ˈdev·əl/
an evil being, often represented in human form but with a tail and horns
the Devil
The Devil, in Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, is the most powerful evil spirit.
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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devilnoun

uk   /ˈdev.əl/  us   /ˈdev.əl/
  • devil noun (EVIL BEING)

B2 [C] an evil being, often represented in human form but with a tail and horns
the 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.
(Definition of devil from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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