bedim

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bedim make obscure or unclear "The distinction was obscured"
    • v bedim make darker and difficult to perceive by sight
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Bedim To make dim; to obscure or darken.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bedim To make dim; obscure or darken; becloud.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Bedim be-dim′ to make dim or dark
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Usage

In literature:

It is probable that the latent emotions of this parting hour had revived, in some degree, his bedimmed and enfeebled faculties.
"The House of the Seven Gables" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Sometimes, as Grandfather gazed at their fair, unworldly countenances, a mist of tears bedimmed his spectacles.
"Grandfather's Chair" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Ah, whose eye hath not bedimmed in this intoxicated twilight!
"Thus Spake Zarathustra A Book for All and None" by Friedrich Nietzsche
Percival was suddenly conscious of a mist bedimming his eyes.
"West Wind Drift" by George Barr McCutcheon
Then her face flushed, and a warm cloud seemed to bedim her eyes.
"Wild Youth, Volume Complete" by Gilbert Parker
The backgrounds still retain a bedimmed splendor of gilding.
"Passages From the French and Italian Notebooks, Volume 2" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Pearly tears bedim thine eyes!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
What business have we to prophesy bedimming tears to those resplendent eyes?
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2" by John Wilson
Fear not, ye maids, who love to hear me speak; Let no desponding tears bedim your cheek!
"The Bon Gaultier Ballads" by William Edmonstoune Aytoun Theodore Martin
The head lies in a pool of blood, the bedimmed eyes, having taken their last look, remain fixedly set on the black roof.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
It bedims the sparkle of her eyes.
"Civics and Health" by William H. Allen
After several minutes a scared, black face peers through the smoke-bedimmed glass.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
Ailleen, glancing round the smoke-bedimmed horizon, caught sight of the figure of a man riding hastily across the paddock towards the house.
"Colonial Born" by G. Firth Scott
At a signal from the Prince the musicians struck up again the dance, and bright eyes bedimmed with tears began to smile once more.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
His later feeling for the religious in art is expressed in the now bedimmed paintings in San Salvatore in Venice.
"The Venetian School of Painting" by Evelyn March Phillipps
Old Jock, for once at any rate, had had his weather eye bedimmed.
"The Brassbounder" by David W. Bone
I am emerging, but it is slow, and I feel much ravaged and bedimmed.
"The Letters of Henry James, Vol. II" by Henry James
Aunt Catherine's bedimmed eyesight and impaired hearing had prevented her from discovering before this that her nurse was none other than Morlene.
"Unfettered" by Sutton E. Griggs
The man behind the dead horse lifted himself and strained his bedimmed eyes, seeing the youthful rider shoot past in pursuit of the savages.
"Frank Merriwell's Backers" by Burt L. Standish
No tear bedimmed his eye, but he felt he had lost a friend.
"Rudy and Babette" by Hans Christian Andersen
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In poetry:

But yesternight it crashing fell,
And now, this morn, I see it lie.
I knew the brave old tree so well,
A tear almost bedims my eye.
"The Pine Tree" by Thomas Frederick Young
Zoo let me zee noo darksome cloud
Bedim to-day thy flow'ry sh'oud,
But let en bloom on ev'ry spraÿ,
Drough all the days o' zunny Maÿ.
"The Lilac" by William Barnes
Three moons have waned, and the Palmer, again,
By Gertrude stands, and smileth fain;
Nor of haste, nor of death, speaks the Palmer, now;
Nor doth sadness or sorrow bedim his brow.
"Sir Raymond And The False Palmer" by Thomas Cooper
Down through the perfumed silences he hears
Their eyelids fluttering: long fingers thrill,
Probing a lassitude bedimmed with tears,
While the nails crunch at every louse they kill.
"The Louse-Hunters" by Aldous Huxley
The prisoner's cell, that all
Life's blessed light bedims,
The lash that cuts, the links that gall,
The poor slaves' festering limbs,—
What is this thraldom, to the chain
That binds and burns the drunkard's brain?
"Hymns and Odes for Temperance Occasions IV" by John Pierpont
Sweet month! thy locks with bursting buds begemmed,
With opening hyacinths and hawthorn flowers,
Fair still thou art, though showers bedim thine eye.
The cloud soon leaves thy brow, and mild the sun
Looks out with watery beam, looks out and smiles.
"British Georgics. May" by James Grahame