bemusement

bemuse

[bih-myooz] ,
verb (used with object), bemused, bemusing.
to bewilder or confuse (someone).

Origin:
1695–1705; be- + muse

bemusement, noun

amuse, bemuse (see synonym study at amuse).
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bemuse (bɪˈmjuːz)
 
vb
(tr) to confuse; bewilder
 
be'musement
 
n
 
be'musing
 
adj

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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."

bemusement
1881, from bemuse + -ment.
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