bemusedly


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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."
Translations

bemusedly

[bɪˈmjuːzɪdli] adv [look, stare] → d'un air perplexe

bemusedly

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But whereas Daniel Plainview in the earlier film was a vector of pure, demonic ambition, Reynolds Woodcock bemusedly discovers himself to be one leg of a complicated emotional triangle.
So, however valuable the historical correctives to national myth, I want to suggest that we are not quite free to treat 1776 in this way--to contextualize it away as "foreign" to our present or to be bemusedly ironic about it--precisely because we live still in the same political community--the nation--that was created in 1776 and the historical narratives we tell about it are and continue to be constitutive of that political community.
After the anonymous motorcycle gang tears up the church and Martin is killed in a traffic accident, the shaken George, bemusedly searching for where he keeps sugar, suddenly seems to see "part of the wall painting in the church.
The unconverted will remain bemusedly in their camp, though all should agree that the eponymous pooch is now an uncontested winner in the "most lovable Todd Solondz character" sweepstakes.
This well-meaning drama (at least, I assume it's well-meaning) tells the tale of Einar Wegener, a real-life transgender pioneer who transitioned into a woman named Lili Elbe in the 1920s -- but the film has its work cut out, trying to bridge the chasm between, on the one hand, those whose only contact with transgender issues has been staring bemusedly at Caitlyn Jenner in Vanity Fair and, on the other, a vocal trans community who don't even see this as the story of a man who becomes a woman (it's the story of a woman who sheds her fake existence in a man's body).
62) expresses this when describing bemusedly his reaction to his hands on the piano taking one course of action and his mind another.
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The fight escalates in intensity, and the two fighters ultimately start rolling around on the ground together until the two cornermen bemusedly dump their buckets of water over the two boys, ending both the fight and the film.
He is a boyish 44, with short, greying hair, a soft, light tenor voice, and an impish manner that looks ironically and bemusedly at his life and the classical music world he inhabits.
There these ordinary Pinoys were, eagerly holding out their hands to be shaken by the visiting American leader, even as their own boss P-Noy stood off to one side, smiling bemusedly at this display of Filipino hospitality and friendliness.
Posting pictures on interactive sites is shorthand for communication, presumably more meaningful to those who do it than those who stand outside the circle bemusedly observing.
And while those who did not venture to the sales can bemusedly look on at the pictures of frenzied shoppers, there should be no quick judgements made.