Befog



to envelop in fog or obscurity; becloud:
Low-hanging clouds befogged the city.
to render unclear; confuse by irrelevancies or distractions:
Petty differences befogged the legislators’ task.
Historical Examples

The object of writing a book is not to befog the reader’s mind.
The Lure of the Pen Flora Klickmann

All these mysteries that befog us are not mysteries really; they are the mother-tongue of nature.
Soliloquies in England George Santayana

I think I have read somewhere that the function of present-day criticism is to befog the mind and blur the object criticised.
The Vision Spendid William MacLeod Raine

Something seemed to bear down on his brain and befog his sight.
The Cottage of Delight Will N. Harben

They who undertake to reason the thing out learnedly, befog it.
King of Camargue Jean Aicard

And we should not befog the issue by saying that this is degrading.
Industrial Progress and Human Economics James Hartness

Rather than adapt their lives to their consciousness, they try by every means to befog and to silence it.
The Kingdom of God is Within You, What is Art Lyof N. Tolstoi

In such wise, Douglas labored to befog and discredit the issues for which the new party stood.
Stephen A. Douglas Allen Johnson

It could be done only by one whom all the world had conspired to befog and befool about his importance in the scheme of things.
The Convert Elizabeth Robins

Their position is strongest when they maintain that these topics have a tendency to befog the intellect.
The Book of Dreams and Ghosts Andrew Lang

verb (transitive) -fogs, -fogging, -fogged
to surround with fog
to make confused, vague, or less clear

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