- to confuse, as with glib statements or arguments: politicians befuddling the public with campaign promises.
- to make stupidly drunk.
Origin of befuddle
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1. perplex, bewilder, baffle, daze, muddle.
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Examples from the Web for befuddlement
One former Media Research Center employee reacted to the news with a deep sense of befuddlement, “I thought everyone knew it.”Ex-Employees of Conservative Figure L. Brent Bozell Say He Didn’t Write His Books or Columns
February 13, 2014
Still, I have heard more than a few people, of all races, shrug in some kind of befuddlement about what they are expected to feel.South Africa Kicks Off Week Of Mourning Mandela
December 9, 2013
This state of affairs is a source of befuddlement to Walmart executives.Sad Face at Walmart
May 16, 2013
But their befuddlement was only a tithe of that which struck Cleigh an hour later.The Pagan Madonna
The befuddlement of Antoine and the waiter who assisted him added to the general joy.Lady Larkspur
She had only added to his befuddlement and he bent forward, soliciting some more lucid statement of her position.A Hoosier Chronicle
- to confuse, muddle, or perplex
- to make stupid with drink
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Word Origin and History for befuddlement
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