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befog

[bih-fog, -fawg] /bɪˈfɒg, -ˈfɔg/
verb (used with object), befogged, befogging.
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
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605; be- + fog1
Synonyms
2. confound, blur, muddle, obfuscate.
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Examples from the Web for befog
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  • 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 Cottage of Delight Will N. Harben
  • 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.

  • Rather than adapt their lives to their consciousness, they try by every means to befog and to silence it.

  • In such wise, Douglas labored to befog and discredit the issues for which the new party stood.

    Stephen A. Douglas Allen Johnson
  • I think I have read somewhere that the function of present-day criticism is to befog the mind and blur the object criticised.

    The Vision Spendid William MacLeod Raine
  • It could be done only by one whom all the world had conspired to befog and befool about his importance in the scheme of things.

    The Convert

    Elizabeth Robins
  • Their position is strongest when they maintain that these topics have a tendency to befog the intellect.

British Dictionary definitions for befog

befog

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