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[bih-daz-uh l] /bɪˈdæz əl/
verb (used with object), bedazzled, bedazzling.
to impress forcefully, especially so as to make oblivious to faults or shortcomings:
Audiences were bedazzled by her charm.
to dazzle so as to blind or confuse:
The glare of the headlights bedazzled him.
Origin of bedazzle
1590-1600; be- + dazzle
Related forms
bedazzlement, noun
bedazzlingly, adverb
1. dazzle, astound, overwhelm, flabbergast, enchant, captivate. 2. daze, bewilder, disconcert, blind, befuddle, fluster. Unabridged
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  • But now I saw things—I know not how; assuredly with no mortal eyes—and that defect of bedazzlement blinded me no longer.

  • Simon's bedazzlement at Charles's tribute to him turned in an instant to anger.

  • In some city there goes up a great club-house—the architecture, the furniture, all the equipment a bedazzlement of wealth.

    New Tabernacle Sermons Thomas De Witt Talmage
  • She was again radiant, and in some bedazzlement of mind he arose and followed her.

  • Before this horizon of marvels, Bouvard and Pécuchet experienced a kind of bedazzlement.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet Gustave Flaubert
British Dictionary definitions for bedazzlement


(transitive) to dazzle or confuse, as with brilliance
Derived Forms
bedazzlement, noun
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Word Origin and History for bedazzlement



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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