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bedazzle

[bih-daz-uh l]
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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

Synonyms

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1. dazzle, astound, overwhelm, flabbergast, enchant, captivate. 2. daze, bewilder, disconcert, blind, befuddle, fluster.
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Historical Examples

  • She was laughing again and the bedazzling eyes were dancing with delight.

    The Price

    Francis Lynde

  • But an impatient activity urges men on, bedazzling their eyes, which at once unnerves and unfits them for reading or judging.


British Dictionary definitions for bedazzling

bedazzle

verb
  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 bedazzling

bedazzle

v.

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

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