bedevil

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Meaning(s)

cause persistent problems of difficulties for somebody or something

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bedevil - bother

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If something was to ‘bedevil’ you, it would be akin to a thorn in your side - something unpleasant that would be a persistent source of tension, frustration, and/or annoyance over a period of time. The verbal use of ‘devil’ in the term indicates the relentlessly cruel nature of the problem in question.

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Synonyms plague
Antonyms please,carefree

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  1. Now that we have installed a new computer system, hopefully, our old IT problems will not bedevil us anymore.

  2. We have been bedevilled by setbacks ever since we started on this project.

  3. That country is always in the news. It seems to be bedevilled by social inequalities and racial tensions.

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