bemused

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bemused 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"
    • adj bemused 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"
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Usage

In literature:

She frowned and was about to retort just as peremptorily, but an odd bemusement tempered her mood.
"Ten From Infinity" by Paul W. Fairman
Don't stand about bemused as if you had never heard of a clock, or Piccolo, or a letter since you were born.
"Clair de Lune" by Michael Strange
Not being bemused with love, Bell Mosk was thoroughly practical, and so spoke very much to the point.
"The Bishop's Secret" by Fergus Hume
He was staring into its interior, bemused.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
He stood swaying like a drunken man, while a strange bemusing attacked his brain and left a singing in his ears.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
He shook his head and felt somewhat bemused, as he had done once before.
"The Short Life" by Francis Donovan
Surprisingly aggressive for a Lower who must have been raised from childhood in a trank-bemused, Telly-entertained household.
"Mercenary" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Aaron was equally bemused by the local taboos.
"Blind Man's Lantern" by Allen Kim Lang
She scarce listened, for at first she was bemused by two thoughts.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
Again shock cleared a portion of Travis' bemused brain.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
For shortly after the first several steps, the blonde giant's purposeful walk slowed to a bemused shamble.
"The Sphere of Sleep" by Chester S. Geier
For a bemused instant the apparition seemed part of the dream she had been dreaming.
"Red Nails" by Robert E. Howard
The fog which had bemused him then had left uncleared certain minors of realization.
"The Tempering" by Charles Neville Buck
After a time I exchanged it for one of the volumes of sermons, only to be equally bemused.
"A Cabinet Secret" by Guy Boothby
He was bemused with a startled unbelief.
"What Will People Say?" by Rupert Hughes
He rubbed his hand once or twice over his bemused forehead.
"Parson Kelly" by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
It is a vital absorbing affair of life, a "bemusement" rather.
"England" by Frank Fox
Arek had grown almost to Mijok's height, filling out, a red mother goddess still bemused by inner discoveries.
"West Of The Sun" by Edgar Pangborn
The sun rose on sails become slack, bemused in idleness on a mirror sea.
"Wilderness of Spring" by Edgar Pangborn
Beneath the blond tumble of hair, her blue eyes watched him, her lips toying with a bemused smile.
"The Sex Life of the Gods" by Michael Knerr
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In poetry:

Flotsam of battle,
With brain bemused and dim,
O God, for such a sacrifice
Say, what reward for him?
"What Reward?" by Winifred Mary Letts
The variety of our skin tones
can confuse, bemuse, delight,
brown and pink and beige and purple,
tan and blue and white.
"Human Family" by Maya Angelou
headed straight for the door. It was autumn
by the time I got around the corner, oh all
unwilling to be either pertinent or bemused, but
the leaves were brighter than grass on the sidewalk!
"Call Me" by Frank O Hara
How this woman came by the courage, how she got
the courage, Henry bemused himself in a frantic hot
night of the eight of July,
where it came from, did once the Lord frown down
upon her ancient cradle thinking 'This one
will do before she die
"Dream Song 100: How this woman came" by John Berryman

In news:

Me, I can't help feeling a sort of pitying bemusement that the.
Alleged criminal looks bemused-on-the-way-to- annoyed after mild crime.
Reliever Wood bemused by high emotions in spring homecoming.
BEMUS POINT — Lucille B Dorr passed away on Monday, Dec 26, 2011 after a long battle with Parkinson's.
"One of us is going to go to the other's funeral," the 78-year-old retired geological chemist would tell bemused family and friends.
Chautauqua County Executive Gregory J Edwards announced Thursday that a final mass search for water chestnut s will be held Sept 15 at 8:30 am at the Stow Park landing of the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry.
Chautauqua County Executive Gregory J Edwards announced Thursday that a final mass search for water chestnuts will be held Sept 15 at 8:30 am at the Stow Park landing of the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry.
The mythic image of the man is of a pixilated guru stroking his long gray beard in sunny, bemused mischief.
It is a sport in which the contestants sometimes lie down in the middle of the field, unmotivated and bemused.
Arnold spun a 268-237-255-760 for Barmore's while Jeremy Crist recorded a 248-258-238-744 for Bemus Point Inn in the Farr's Allstate League at Fountain Bowl.
The itemized bills are Bemus Point, $359.97.
"Life is like a Boa, " the random stranger at the bus station (Nicole Hammersla) announces to the sweetly bemused young man (Ray Hobbs) she has marked as her test subject.
Patrick Nelson, right, of Boy Scout Troop 137, Bemus Point, is congratulated by Andy Goodell, left, for receiving his Eagle Scout rank at the age of 14.
Nelson completed his Eagle project in the front of the Bemus Point Library.
I'm always bemused at how companies will tie in sales to random holidays such as Presidents Day.
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In science:

One can of course substitute in explicit expressions for the singular vector coefficients, leading to bemusing identities of considerab le complexity.
The Extended Algebra of the Minimal Models
Off it went tumbling down the wall of sound metaphysics, utterly bemused.
The Plight of `I Am'
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