be·​cloud | \ bi-ˈklau̇d How to pronounce becloud (audio) , bē-\
beclouded; beclouding; beclouds

Definition of becloud

transitive verb

1 : to obscure with or as if with a cloud
2 : to prevent clear perception or realization of : muddle prejudices that becloud his judgment

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Synonyms & Antonyms for becloud


befog, blur, cloud, confuse, fog, muddy, obfuscate


clarify, clear (up), illuminate

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Examples of becloud in a Sentence

don't becloud the discussion by raising unrelated issues the smog from the city's steel mills was once so oppressive that it beclouded the local landscape even at noon

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But instead of sounding the alarm, defendants went out of their way to becloud the emerging scientific consensus. Edward Fitzpatrick,, "A federal judge’s ruling on climate change goes viral, with the help of US Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse," 7 Aug. 2019 His flacks and surrogates hand out scraps of information grudgingly, infrequently, and beclouded by fragrant eructations of doublespeak. Charles Seife, Slate Magazine, "The Domesticated Press Corps," 1 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of becloud

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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