And the rifts produced by the idea-besotted '60s continue to bedevil us.
Matthew Yglesias on how President Obama can woo back liberals, bedevil the GOP—and change the outcome this fall.
1768, "to treat diabolically, abuse," from be- + verbal use of devil (q.v.). Meaning "to mischievously confuse" is from 1755; that of "to drive frantic" is from 1823. Related: Bedeviled (1570s, in a literal sense, "possessed"); bedeviling.