And opinions grew more virulent and befuddling on both sides.
Have we no "mud-heads" befuddling life at every turn of the way?
The greater part of the befuddling of Polonius then follows.
"confuse," 1873, from be- + fuddle; originally "to confuse with strong drink or opium" (by 1832). An earlier word in the same sense was begunk (1725). Related: Befuddled; befuddling.