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verb (used with object), be·daz·zled, be·daz·zling.
  1. to impress forcefully, especially so as to make oblivious to faults or shortcomings: Audiences were bedazzled by her charm.
  2. to dazzle so as to blind or confuse: The glare of the headlights bedazzled him.
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Origin of bedazzle

First recorded in 1590–1600; be- + dazzle
Related formsbe·daz·zle·ment, nounbe·daz·zling·ly, adverb

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Related Words for bedazzlement

glare, reflection, beam, burst, flare, radiation, gleam, sparkle, flame, blaze, glimmer, glint, spark, ray, glitter, vision, glow, streak, shine, dazzle

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Historical Examples of bedazzlement

  • Simon's bedazzlement at Charles's tribute to him turned in an instant to anger.

    The Saracen: The Holy War

    Robert Shea

  • She was again radiant, and in some bedazzlement of mind he arose and followed her.

  • In some city there goes up a great club-house—the architecture, the furniture, all the equipment a bedazzlement of wealth.

    New Tabernacle Sermons

    Thomas De Witt Talmage

  • Before this horizon of marvels, Bouvard and Pécuchet experienced a kind of bedazzlement.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet

    Gustave Flaubert

  • But now I saw things—I know not how; assuredly with no mortal eyes—and that defect of bedazzlement blinded me no longer.

British Dictionary definitions for bedazzlement


  1. (tr) to dazzle or confuse, as with brilliance
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Derived Formsbedazzlement, noun
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Word Origin and History for bedazzlement



1590s, from be- + dazzle (v.). Related: Bedazzled; bedazzling.

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