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bemuse

[bih-myooz] /bɪˈmyuz/
verb (used with object), bemused, bemusing.
1.
to bewilder or confuse (someone).
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; be- + muse
Related forms
bemusement, noun
Can be confused
amuse, bemuse (see synonym study at amuse)
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British Dictionary definitions for bemuse

bemuse

/bɪˈmjuːz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to confuse; bewilder
Derived Forms
bemusement, noun
bemusing, adjective
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Word Origin and History for bemuse
v.

"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."

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