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Definition: blue devils
n : a state of depression; “he had a bad case of the blues”
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Definition: Blue devils
, n. [AS. de['o]fol, de['o]ful; akin to G. ?eufel,
Goth. diaba['u]lus; all fr. L. diabolus the devil, Gr. ? the
devil, the slanderer, fr. ? to slander, calumniate, orig., to
throw across; ? across + ? to throw, let fall, fall; cf. Skr.
gal to fall. Cf. Diabolic
1. The Evil One; Satan, represented as the tempter and
spiritual of mankind.
[Jesus] being forty days tempted of the devil.
--Luke iv. 2.
That old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which
deceiveth the whole world. --Rev. xii. 9.
2. An evil spirit; a demon.
A dumb man possessed with a devil. --Matt. ix.
3. A very wicked person; hence, any great evil. “That devil
Glendower.” “The devil drunkenness.”
Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a
devil? --John vi. 70.
4. An expletive of surprise, vexation, or emphasis, or,
ironically, of negation. [Low]
The devil a puritan that he is, . . . but a
The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare,
But wonder how the devil they got there. --Pope.
5. (Cookery) A dish, as a bone with the meat, broiled and
excessively peppered; a grill with Cayenne pepper.
Men and women busy in baking, broiling, roasting
oysters, and preparing devils on the gridiron. --Sir
6. (Manuf.) A machine for tearing or cutting rags, cotton,
. See under Blue
. See under Cartesian
(Zo["o]l.), one of two or more South African
drongo shrikes (Edolius retifer
, and Edolius remifer
believed by the natives to be connected with sorcery.
Devil may care
, reckless, defiant of authority; -- used
(Bot.), the large kelp (Laminaria saccharina
, and Laminaria longicruris
) of the Atlantic
ocean, having a blackish, leathery expansion, shaped
somewhat like an apron.
(a) The black rove beetle (Ocypus olens
(b) A large, predacious, hemipterous insect (Prionotus cristatus
); the wheel bug. [U.S.]
. (Zo["o]l.) See under Darn
, v. t.
, Devil's hand
(Zo["o]l.), the common
British starfish (Asterias rubens
); -- also applied to a
sponge with stout branches. [Prov. Eng., Irish & Scot.]
(Zo["o]l.), the American mantis
The Devil's tattoo
, a drumming with the fingers or feet.
“Jack played the Devil's tattoo on the door with his boot
--F. Hardman (Blackw. Mag.).
, worship of the power of evil; -- still
practiced by barbarians who believe that the good and evil
forces of nature are of equal power.
, the youngest apprentice in a printing
office, who runs on errands, does dirty work (as washing
the ink rollers and sweeping), etc. “Without fearing the
printer's devil or the sheriff's officer.”
(Zo["o]l.), a very savage carnivorous
marsupial of Tasmania (Dasyurus ursinus
syn. Diabolus ursinus
To play devil with
, to molest extremely; to ruin. [Low]
(bl[=u]), a. [Compar. Bluer
.] [OE. bla, blo, blew, blue, livid, black,
fr. Icel.bl[=a]r livid; akin to Dan. blaa blue, Sw. bl[*a],
D. blauw, OHG. bl[=a]o, G. blau; but influenced in form by F.
bleu, from OHG. bl[=a]o.]
1. Having the color of the clear sky, or a hue resembling it,
whether lighter or darker; as, the deep, blue sea; as blue
as a sapphire; blue violets. “The blue firmament.”
2. Pale, without redness or glare, -- said of a flame; hence,
of the color of burning brimstone, betokening the presence
of ghosts or devils; as, the candle burns blue; the air
was blue with oaths.
3. Low in spirits; melancholy; as, to feel blue.
4. Suited to produce low spirits; gloomy in prospect; as,
thongs looked blue. [Colloq.]
5. Severe or over strict in morals; gloom; as, blue and sour
religionists; suiting one who is over strict in morals;
inculcating an impracticable, severe, or gloomy mortality;
as, blue laws.
6. Literary; -- applied to women; -- an abbreviation of
The ladies were very blue and well informed.
. See Crocidolite
, of, or having, a very dark blue color, almost
. See under Blood
(Zo["o]l.), a small South African antelope
); also applied to a larger
species ([AE]goceras leucoph[ae]us
); the blaubok.
(Zo["o]l.), the buffalo cod.
(Zo["o]l.), the common edible crab of the
Atlantic coast of the United States (Callinectes hastatus
(Bot.), a common plant (Trichostema dichotomum
), resembling pennyroyal, and hence called also
, apparitions supposed to be seen by persons
suffering with delirium tremens
; hence, very low
spirits. “Can Gumbo shut the hall door upon blue devils,
or lay them all in a red sea of claret?”
. See under Gage
, a plum.
, an Australian myrtaceous tree (Eucalyptus globulus
), of the loftiest proportions, now cultivated in
tropical and warm temperate regions for its timber, and as
a protection against malaria. The essential oil is
beginning to be used in medicine. The timber is very
useful. See Eucalyptus
, Blue stone
, blue vitriol; sulphate of copper.
, a man-of war's man; a sailor wearing a naval
. See under Jaundice
, a name first used in the eighteenth century to
describe certain supposititious laws of extreme rigor
reported to have been enacted in New Haven; hence, any
puritanical laws. [U. S.]
, a composition which burns with a brilliant blue
flame; -- used in pyrotechnics and as a night signal at
sea, and in military operations.
(Her.), one of the four pursuivants of the
English college of arms; -- so called from the color of
his official robes.
, a preparation of mercury from which is formed
the blue pill. --McElrath.
or Blue mould
, the blue fungus (Aspergillus glaucus
) which grows on cheese. --Brande & C.
(a) a Monday following a Sunday of dissipation, or itself
given to dissipation (as the Monday before Lent).
(b) a Monday considered as depressing because it is a
workday in contrast to the relaxation of the weekend.
(Med.), mercurial ointment.
(British Marine), a blue flag with a white
square in the center, used as a signal for sailing, to
recall boats, etc. It is a corruption of blue repeater,
one of the British signal flags.
(a) A pill of prepared mercury, used as an aperient, etc.
(b) Blue mass.
(a) The ribbon worn by members of the order of the Garter;
-- hence, a member of that order.
(b) Anything the attainment of which is an object of great
ambition; a distinction; a prize. ``These
[scholarships] were the --blue ribbon of the
(c) The distinctive badge of certain temperance or total
abstinence organizations, as of the --Blue ribbon
, utter ruin; also, gin. [Eng. Slang] --Carlyle.
(Min.), azure spar; lazulite. See Lazulite
(Zo["o]l.), a European and Asiatic thrush
. See Verditer
(Chem.), sulphate of copper, a violet blue
crystallized salt, used in electric batteries, calico
, the open ocean.
, the International Business Machines corporation.
[Wall Street slang.] PJC
To look blue
, to look disheartened or dejected.
, genuine and thorough; not modified, nor mixed;
not spurious; specifically, of uncompromising
Presbyterianism, blue being the color adopted by the
For his religion . . .
'T was Presbyterian, true blue. --Hudibras.