Definitions

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  • n. The characteristic of being bemused.

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

  • n. confusion resulting from failure to understand

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Examples

  • Shoppers stared in bemusement at the mysterious object that landed in a shopping precinct in Poole, Dorset, this week.

    Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » Post-Tort Christmas Tree

  • Progressives have watched in bemusement the past year and half as Reid, reviled as the spineless embodiment of Democratic weakness, has emerged as a liberal champion in opposition to the White House.

    Harry Reid, The Man Who Never Says Goodbye

  • Of particular bemusement is the Lib Dem and Tory refusal to speak up for the "more powers for Holyrood" option which they seemed to be desirous of before the election.

    Empty chairs at empty tables

  • I particularly loved the businessman washing his hands and shaking his head in bemusement at the sticker in the mirror.

    Friday memes and random thoughts

  • Chapel was studying him with an expression of bemusement.

    Dreams of the Raven

  • Like Gary Larson’s The Far Side, Anywhere But Here can leave you scratching your head in bemusement almost as often as it makes you laugh, but we’ve selected the very best of his first two volumes for this special collection, printed in an elegant two-color edition.

    License Request Day: Prix Asie

  • PK: When I looked, the gull was already there but not quite frozen in bemusement: its position was the same but its gaze was 10-15º counterclockwise to what’s shown above.

    Seagull semiotics

  • One chapter purports to explain how it feels to be black, from "bemusement" at the fancifully large number of black doctors and lawyers on TV to lingering suspicion that those crazies of your race who think whites are plotting genocide might not be so crazy.

    Apartheid, American Style

  • Rasheed regarded the Taliban with a forgiving, affectionate kind of bemusement, as one might regard an erratic cousin prone to unpredictable acts of hilarity and scandal.

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • He had both the courage to enter worlds where well-trained professionals risked blood and guts and the wit to look at their struggles with the kind of bemusement that puts life itself into perspective.

    The Last Gentleman

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