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bemuse

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Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.
James Joyce
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English

Etymology

be- + muse

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to bemuse

Third person singular
bemus

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to bemuse (third-person singular simple present bemus, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To confuse or bewilder.
    "For God's sake, why do people keep using 'bemused' as if it means 'amused'?" asked the bemused editor.
    • 1735 A parson much be-mus'd in beer. — Alexander Pope, Satires of Dr. Donne versified
    • 1771 [With] fairy tales bemused the shepherd lies. — James Foot, Penseroso
    • 1847 The bad metaphysics with which they bemuse themselves. — Hugh Miller, First Impressions of England and its people
  2. (archaic, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To devote to the Muses.
    • 1705 When those incorrigible things, Poets, are once irrecoverably Be-mus'd. — Alexander Pope, Letters

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