becloud

[bih-kloud]
verb (used with object)
1.
to darken or obscure with clouds.
2.
to make confused: Angry words beclouded the issue.

Origin:
1590–1600; be- + cloud

unbeclouded, adjective


2. confuse, obscure, befog, obfuscate, muddle.
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becloud (bɪˈklaʊd)
 
vb
1.  to cover or obscure with a cloud
2.  to confuse or muddle: to becloud the issues

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becloud
1590s, from be- + cloud. Figurative sense of "to obscure" is recorded from 1610s.
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Example sentences
Exceptions, special cases, and unique problems inevitably arise to becloud the guideposts.
The introduction of such a resolution would only becloud the matter.
They suggest gradation between the genera, and becloud identification of species.
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