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verb (used with object)
  1. to darken or obscure with clouds.
  2. to make confused: Angry words beclouded the issue.
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Origin of becloud

First recorded in 1590–1600; be- + cloud
Related formsun·be·cloud·ed, adjective


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Historical Examples

  • These only becloud, they do not help to point the way of safety and honor.

    United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches


  • It is not my purpose to becloud this narrative with mystery.

  • Anxiety about his son did much to becloud the last years of his life.

  • He even dared to hope so when the doubts did not becloud his vision.

    Ande Trembath

    Matthew Stanley Kemp

  • What had happened to becloud her gaiety in the short time which had since elapsed?

    The Golden Slipper

    Anna Katharine Green

British Dictionary definitions for becloud


verb (tr)
  1. to cover or obscure with a cloud
  2. to confuse or muddleto becloud the issues
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Word Origin and History for becloud


1590s, from be- + cloud. Figurative sense of "to obscure" is recorded from 1610s. Related: Beclouded; beclouding.

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