bemusement

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bemusement confusion resulting from failure to understand
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Usage

In literature:

A terrible and bizarre crime had bemused his faculties.
"The Postmaster's Daughter" by Louis Tracy
The strange perfume of it still hung about him, bemusing his heart and mind.
"Three John Silence Stories" by Algernon Blackwood
Their riders had divided to make way for his bemused approach.
"If Winter Comes" by A.S.M. Hutchinson
I arose stiff, bemused.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, March 17, 1920" by Various
The fellow stirred, grunted, and lifted a bemused, red countenance to the breaker of rest.
"The Day of Days" by Louis Joseph Vance
He was listless, bemused.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
Never did Pied Piper flute to creatures more bemused.
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
Tau stirred and sat up, blinking bemusedly at Dane, then pushed back his wiry black hair and assumed a measure of alertness.
"Plague Ship" by Andre Norton
His manner and his speech bemused her.
"The Fourth R" by George Oliver Smith
She is, by long odds, the most intelligent and bemusing of women.
"Damn!" by Henry Louis Mencken
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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:

I once shared a cubicle with a 60-something woman who viewed our company's youthful staff with the sort of bemused interest a scientist might bestow upon a puzzling specimen.
In the theater, what exactly does it say of the playwright's perspective when a character flails in despair while the author smirks with a kind of Gothic bemusement.
In reality it was a legal stumble of nine bemused people.
I AM bemused by the contretemps between Jon Stewart, of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, and my longtime friend Jim Cramer of CNBC.
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.
BEMUS POINT — Members of the Thule Lodge, located at 4123 Pancake Hill Road, met recently at the lodge for the nomination of officer.
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 .
I was bemused to see yet another letter in your newspaper peddling "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand.
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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'
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