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befog

[ bih-fog, -fawg ]

verb (used with object)

, be·fogged, be·fog·ging.
  1. to envelop in fog or obscurity; becloud:

    Low-hanging clouds befogged the city.

  2. to render unclear; confuse by irrelevancies or distractions:

    Petty differences befogged the legislators' task.

    Synonyms: obfuscate, muddle, blur, confound



befog

/ bɪˈfɒɡ /

verb

  1. to surround with fog
  2. to make confused, vague, or less clear


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Word History and Origins

Origin of befog1

First recorded in 1595–1605; be- + fog 1
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Example Sentences

All these mysteries that befog us are not mysteries really; they are the mother-tongue of nature.

Partisan politics befog the tariff issue afloat as well as ashore, and one's course is not easy to chart.

The schools, in their general mix-up of titles, certainly befog the public mind.

Their position is strongest when they maintain that these topics have a tendency to befog the intellect.

I think I have read somewhere that the function of present-day criticism is to befog the mind and blur the object criticised.

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