bemuse

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From be- +‎ muse. In meaning, influenced by bemaze.

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bemuse (third-person singular simple present bemuses, present participle bemusing, simple past and past participle bemused)

  1. (transitive) To confuse or bewilder.
    • 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, humorous) To devote to the Muses.
    • 1705 When those incorrigible things, Poets, are once irrecoverably Be-mus'd. — Alexander Pope, Letters

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