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befog

[bih-fog, -fawg]
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verb (used with object), be·fogged, be·fog·ging.
  1. to envelop in fog or obscurity; becloud: Low-hanging clouds befogged the city.
  2. to render unclear; confuse by irrelevancies or distractions: Petty differences befogged the legislators' task.

Origin of befog

First recorded in 1595–1605; be- + fog1

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2. confound, blur, muddle, obfuscate.
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Examples from the Web for befog

Historical Examples

  • All these mysteries that befog us are not mysteries really; they are the mother-tongue of nature.

    Soliloquies in England

    George Santayana

  • Something seemed to bear down on his brain and befog his sight.

  • The object of writing a book is not to befog the reader's mind.

    The Lure of the Pen

    Flora Klickmann

  • They who undertake to reason the thing out learnedly, befog it.

    King of Camargue

    Jean Aicard

  • And we should not befog the issue by saying that this is degrading.


British Dictionary definitions for befog

befog

verb -fogs, -fogging or -fogged (tr)
  1. to surround with fog
  2. to make confused, vague, or less clear
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