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[bih-myooz] /bɪˈmyuz/
verb (used with object), bemused, bemusing.
to bewilder or confuse (someone).
Origin of bemuse
1695-1705; be- + muse
Related forms
bemusement, noun
Can be confused
amuse, bemuse (see synonym study at amuse) Unabridged
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  • I asked, determined not to allow her to bemuse or escape me with her metaphysical talk and illustrations.

    She and Allan H. Rider Haggard
  • Most of these were of the opiate class, light magazines and light stories intended to bemuse and not to educate the mind.

    G. H. Q. Frank Fox
  • Hunger does not necessarily help the understanding; it may bemuse it by passion and resentment.

    The Fruits of Victory Norman Angell
British Dictionary definitions for bemuse


(transitive) to confuse; bewilder
Derived Forms
bemusement, noun
bemusing, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bemuse

"to make utterly confused," from be- + muse (cf. amuse); attested from 1735 but probably older, as Pope (1705) punned on it as "devoted utterly to the Muses."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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