• WordNet 3.6
    • n befooling derision of someone or something as foolish or absurd or inconsistent
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In literature:

Was he befooling the daughter of L'Aigle, or me?
"Lords of the North" by A. C. Laut
How is it that you allow men to befool you?
"Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, March 1844" by Various
I protest that she has quite befooled me!
"A Hungarian Nabob" by Maurus Jókai
So we all need the exhortation not to be befooled by fancying that we have done, when we have only willed.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Fast young men are to him befooled prodigals, wasting the wealth of life in profitless living.
"The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858" by Various
You were bewitched, befooled, blinded.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
You have heard the Hosannas of the befooled populace.
"King of the Jews" by William T. Stead
Moreover, he will think to have been befooled, and whereas we seek to have his love, hate will ensue thereof.
"The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio" by Giovanni Boccaccio
The watch over the gold is relinquished, and a little amusement sought in tantalizing and befooling the clumsy wooer.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
That any bird should be so befooled and imposed upon!
"The Foot-path Way" by Bradford Torrey
Not one of these befooled foemen lived to return to their own country, all having perished by thirst.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
We have had women enough befooled under the one system, pray let us try the other.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
Thee with subtlest cunning Have I yet befooled.
"Myths of the Norsemen" by H. A. Guerber
He recognised the young man whom Dan had vainly tried to befool, away back at the beginning of the voyage.
"The Silver Maple" by Marian Keith
To what good end do men so flatter and befool one of their harmless fellows?
"Imaginary Interviews" by W. D. Howells
Your angel too, how near befool'd was I Through him; I blush whene'er I see my father.
"The Dramatic Works of G. E. Lessing" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Whom befool not eye and lip, Breath and voice enchanting?
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 16" by Various
Suppose all your hoping and waiting should only befool you?
"The Children of the World" by Paul Heyse
He may be misled, but not befooled.
"The Wisdom of Confucius" by Epiphanius Wilson
Fifty years in Boston schooled, Still I find her rhyme-befooled.
"Julia Ward Howe" by Laura E. Richards

In poetry:

Why should a man benighted,
Beduped, befooled, besotted,
Call knotful knittings plighted,
Not knotty but beknotted?
"Cats Cradle Song," by James Clerk Maxwell
Oh, go not out upon the storm,
Go not, my sweet, to Swalchie pool!
A witch tho' she be dead may charm
Thee and befool.
"Oh, Go Not Out" by Cale Young Rice
And well our leader had befooled his foes--
Left them like archers blundering in the dark
To draw against the empty space their bows,
While here was their true mark.
"Arms And The Man - The Lines Around Yorktown" by James Barron Hope
Who now shall lead us, what God shall heed us
As we lie in the hell our hands have won?
For us are no rulers but fools and befoolers,
The great are fallen, the wise men gone.
"The Voice Of Toil" by William Morris
For as the Sun doth blind the gazer's eyes,
That for a time they nought discern aright:
So Honour doth befool and blind the Wise,
And their own Lustre 'reaves them of their sight.
"Vanity of Vanities" by Michael Wigglesworth
Time was chorus, gave them cues to laugh or cry;
They would kill, befool, amuse him, let him die;
Set him webs to weave to-day and break to-morrow,
Till he died for good in play, and rose in sorrow.
"Stage Love" by Algernon Charles Swinburne