Definition of bemuse
3 : to cause to have feelings of wry or tolerant amusement seems truly bemused that people beyond his circle in Seattle would be interested in his ruminations — Ruth B. Smith
bemusementplay \-ˈmyüz-mənt\ noun
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Examples of bemuse in a Sentence
a public that seemed more bemused by the shenanigans of celebrities than by a war being waged half a world away
the stage mishap momentarily bemused the actress
Recent Examples of bemuse from the Web
Heat on climate Perry generally exhibited a relaxed, if not bemused, demeanor throughout the questioning.
The wily (and bemused) Wallace even got Sekulow to say both that Trump is and is not under investigation.
But the vast majority of spectators seemed to offer laughter and bemused encouragement to the riders.
The present occupant was distinguished, well dressed, friendly and bemused by my pilgrimage.
Incredible Inspiration’ Viewers were similarly confused and bemused by a performance featuring a man wearing a horse’s head.
Some shrugged in resignation, while others seemed bemused.
Devotees of the Shyamalan twist will be reassured by the ending, though ordinary viewers may well be left simply bemused.
Westerners are often bemused by the country’s squat latrines, communal toilet troughs and lack of toilet paper.
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Did You Know?
In 1735, British poet Alexander Pope lamented, in rhyme, being besieged by "a parson much bemus'd in beer." The cleric in question was apparently one of a horde of would-be poets who plagued Pope with requests that he read their verses. Pope meant that the parson had found his muse - his inspiration - in beer. That use of bemus'd harks back to a 1705 letter in which Pope wrote of "Poets … irrecoverably Be-mus'd." In both letter and poem, Pope used bemused to allude to being inspired by or devoted to one of the Muses, the Greek sister goddesses of art, music, and literature. The lexicographers who followed him, however, interpreted "bemus'd in beer" as meaning "left confused by beer," and their confusion gave rise to the first modern sense of bemused above.
First Known Use of bemuse
BEMUSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bemuse for English Language Learners
: to cause (someone) to be confused and often also somewhat amused
BEMUSE Defined for Kids
Definition of bemuse for Students
: to cause to be confused and often also somewhat amused He was bemused by all the attention he was receiving.
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