bemused


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be·muse

 (bĭ-myo͞oz′)
tr.v. be·mused, be·mus·ing, be·mus·es
1. To cause to be bewildered; confuse.
2. To occupy the attention of; absorb or engross: The book bemused him for days.
3. Usage Problem To cause to be mildly or wryly amused: "Unlike William McKinley, whose priggishness bemused him, Roosevelt had no compunctions about smoking cigars in public" (Joseph Conlin).

be·mus′ed·ly (-myo͞o′zĭd-lē) adv.
be·muse′ment n.
Usage Note: The word bemused is sometimes used to mean "amused, especially when finding something wryly funny," as in The stream of jokes from the comedian left the audience bemused, with some breaking out into guffaws. Most of the Usage Panel does not like this usage, with 78 percent rejecting this sentence in our 2005 survey. By contrast, 84 percent accepted a sentence in which bemused means "confused."

bemused

(bɪˈmjuːzd)
adj
preoccupied; lost in thought
bemusedly adv
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bemused - deeply absorbed in thoughtbemused - deeply absorbed in thought; "as distant and bemused as a professor listening to the prattling of his freshman class"; "lost in thought"; "a preoccupied frown"
thoughtful - exhibiting or characterized by careful thought; "a thoughtful paper"
2.bemused - perplexed by many conflicting situations or statementsbemused - perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment; "obviously bemused by his questions"; "bewildered and confused"; "a cloudy and confounded philosopher"; "just a mixed-up kid"; "she felt lost on the first day of school"
perplexed - full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment; "perplexed language"; "perplexed state of the world"

bemused

bemused

adjective
So lost in thought as to be unaware of one's surroundings:
Idiom: a million miles away.
Translations
يُرْبِك، يُذْهِل
zmatený
forvirret
ringlaîur, undrandi
apstulbęs
apmulsisapstulbis
afallamışaklı karışmışsersemlemiş

bemused

[bɪˈmjuːzd] ADJaturdido, confuso

bemused

[bɪˈmjuːzd] adj [expression] → perplexe, médusé(e)

bemused

adjratlos; to be bemused by somethingeiner Sache (dat)ratlos gegenüberstehen

bemused

[bɪˈmjuːzd] adjperplesso/a, stupito/a

bemused

(biˈmjuːzd) adjective
bewildered or greatly puzzled. a bemused look.
References in classic literature ?
And so the sailors fled into the stern and crowded bemused about the right-minded helmsman, until suddenly the lion sprang upon the master and seized him; and when the sailors saw it they leapt out overboard one and all into the bright sea, escaping from a miserable fate, and were changed into dolphins.
One will pass all the hours of the night seated at the foot of some oak or rock, and there, without having closed his weeping eyes, the sun finds him in the morning bemused and bereft of sense; and another without relief or respite to his sighs, stretched on the burning sand in the full heat of the sultry summer noontide, makes his appeal to the compassionate heavens, and over one and the other, over these and all, the beautiful Marcela triumphs free and careless.
Even in his bemused intelligence, wonder began to awake.
For a companion I had found a book, not bemused with the cleverness of the day--a fine-weather book, simple and sincere like the talk of an unselfish friend.
anon their bemused wits awoke to the nature of the deed
KARACHI -- A journalist allowing his creative poetic impulses to be expressed, penning down the imaginative thoughts that have consumed him all his life; that was the story shared of journalist, short story writer, and poet Peerzada Salman at the launch of his first poetry book Bemused at T2F on Friday
So, I am both grateful and somewhat bemused by my inclusion here.
BEMUSED shoppers watched a group of militant vegans protest in Tesco Metro, in Liverpool city centre, in a bid to stop people buying meat.
Not half as bemused as the 20,000 fans who saw him put a midfielder on for a striker when we went 2-1 down.
I'm ever so slightly bemused by it - there is never a dull moment in this campaign," said Justine.
Victims Commissioner Kathryn Stone said they have been left disappointed and bemused by revelations surrounding the John Downey case.
However, Ron Atkinson seemed bemused by the whole affair.