Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To darken with or as if with clouds; obscure: a development that beclouds the real issues.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. cause to become obscure or muddled
  • v. cover or surround with clouds

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To cause obscurity or dimness to; to dim; to cloud.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To overcloud; obscure; dim.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make less visible or unclear

Etymologies

From be- +‎ cloud. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I have to do the decidin 'myself; I have to interpret the true spirit of the law without technicalities an' quibbles such as becloud it in other an 'higher courts.

    Frank of Freedom Hill

  • It is in the interest of higher values, Americans understand higher, that is, than theirs that they are now expected to accept official efforts to becloud reality.

    Liberal Piety and the Memory of 9/11

  • Formerly Palestinian neighborhoods were even given Hebrew nationalistic names in order to becloud any memory of their pre-1948 residents.

    Michal Lewin-Epstein: Jerusalem Day: The Invisible and the Divisible

  • But for Morris it helped becloud a remarkable career of private and public enterprise, of risk and painful dilemma in the context of the unprecedented break between Britain and her former colonies.

    Robert Morris

  • I have no problem with hard concepts, but the writer owes it to the reader not to becloud minds because there is a need to hide behind obscure terminology.

    Why art criticism found on art blogs is mostly worthless

  • None of these uncertainties can becloud the fact that it will cost enormously less to destroy a square mile with atomic weapons than with any weapons hitherto known to warfare.

    How to Get a Nuclear Bomb

  • He said the leaders ". allowed greed to becloud their sense of reasoning, an act common to most African leaders."

    CNN Transcript Dec 17, 2005

  • International copyright must becloud this sun and bring on the former darkness and dime novel reading.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • Benjamin rather than at the hief executive; but the general's words could be interpreted by the friends of Mr. Davis as an effort to becloud and embarrass the new administration.

    LEE’S LIEUTENANTS

  • The room swam—a swirling fog of inky blackness began to becloud my vision—my consciousness commenced to dim.

    Nevermore

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