• WordNet 3.6
    • v bemuse cause to be confused emotionally
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Bemuse To muddle, daze, or partially stupefy, as with liquor. "A parson much bemused in beer."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bemuse To put into a muse or reverie; confuse; muddle; stupefy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Bemuse be-mūz′ to put in confusion: stupefy.
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In literature:

His place, Tarlac thought bemusedly.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
Chavvorth blew out the candle, his expression bemused, and put it down.
"Zeta Exchange" by Ann Wilson
His bemused senses snuffed treason everywhere.
"The Proud Prince" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
But one look at her and he was bemused again.
"The Branding Iron" by Katharine Newlin Burt
Bemus,' she says, 'I want you to do somethin' for me,' she says, 'an' not tell anybody.
"Friendship Village" by Zona Gale
Whether the idiot actually touched the body or not I cannot say, but he must have realised in his poor, bemused brain that the thing was dead.
"The Wonder" by J. D. Beresford
This time he entered with his mind all bemused.
"If Winter Don't" by Barry Pain
This poor old chap is ill and bemused by his rough handling.
"Dorothy's House Party" by Evelyn Raymond
His wife was bemused.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Nor was he so bemused by fear as not to reflect that, whatever Flavia asked, Asgill would do.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman

In poetry:

Flotsam of battle,
With brain bemused and dim,
O God, for such a sacrifice
Say, what reward for him?
"What Reward?" by Winifred Mary Letts
The variety of our skin tones
can confuse, bemuse, delight,
brown and pink and beige and purple,
tan and blue and white.
"Human Family" by Maya Angelou
headed straight for the door. It was autumn
by the time I got around the corner, oh all
unwilling to be either pertinent or bemused, but
the leaves were brighter than grass on the sidewalk!
"Call Me" by Frank O Hara
How this woman came by the courage, how she got
the courage, Henry bemused himself in a frantic hot
night of the eight of July,
where it came from, did once the Lord frown down
upon her ancient cradle thinking 'This one
will do before she die
"Dream Song 100: How this woman came" by John Berryman

In news:

Bemus Point Inn Gingerbread Sculptures On Display.
There is a new holiday tradition in the village of Bemus Point for those with an interest in gingerbread houses.
Announce the engagement of their daughter, Stacie Dean Wickerham, to Matthew Michael Cummings , the son of Michael and Wendy Cummings of Mayville, N.Y. Miss Wickerham is also the granddaughter of Carolyn Wickerham of Bemus Point, N.Y.
Wickerham is the daughter of Mark and Laurie Wickerham of Greenhurst, and the granddaughter of Carolyn Wickerham of Bemus Point, and William and Claire Ahl of Westfield.
Mike Greiner of Bemus Point, N.Y.
BEMUS POINT — After a summer spent collecting stories, the Bemus Point Heart and Soul Project is ready for its initial presentation.
After a summer spent collecting stories, the Bemus Point Heart and Soul Project is ready for its initial presentation.
Many outside of Quebec are bemused the province's Sept 4 election was triggered largely by student protests in the province where tuition is lowest.
She was born June 23, 1927 in Portland, NY, a daughter of the late Ralph and Alice Hart Fuller, and grew up in Bemus Point, NY.
Bewitched, bemused, bewildered, be- anything about the way the season's gone so far in the Hockomock League.
In the May 8 edition of The Post-Journal, a letter was published from Michael Dellahoy of Bemus Point entitled "Contractor Concerns," outlining his predicament with a contractor.
This was greeted with a combination of bemusement and mild annoyance by philosophers .
At about 5 pm the Chautauqua County Navigation Patrol, along with the Chautauqua County Water Emergency Team, Ashville Fire Department and Bemus Point Fire Department, were summoned to the location.
JOE PENHALL'S award-winning London play "Blue/Orange" may put modern-day psychiatry under the microscope and find it wanting, but that hasn't stopped the English medical profession from taking to it, and leaving Mr Penhall somewhat bemused.
Johnny Depp Bemused by Bizarre Fan Homage.

In science:

One can of course substitute in explicit expressions for the singular vector coefficients, leading to bemusing identities of considerab le complexity.
The Extended Algebra of the Minimal Models
Off it went tumbling down the wall of sound metaphysics, utterly bemused.
The Plight of `I Am'