Befuddlement



to confuse, as with glib statements or arguments:
politicians befuddling the public with campaign promises.
to make stupidly drunk.
Contemporary Examples

One former Media Research Center employee reacted to the news with a deep sense of befuddlement, “I thought everyone knew it.”
Ex-Employees of Conservative Figure L. Brent Bozell Say He Didn’t Write His Books or Columns Ben Jacobs February 12, 2014

This state of affairs is a source of befuddlement to Walmart executives.
Sad Face at Walmart Daniel Gross May 15, 2013

Still, I have heard more than a few people, of all races, shrug in some kind of befuddlement about what they are expected to feel.
South Africa Kicks Off Week Of Mourning Mandela Mark Gevisser December 8, 2013

Historical Examples

She had only added to his befuddlement and he bent forward, soliciting some more lucid statement of her position.
A Hoosier Chronicle Meredith Nicholson

But their befuddlement was only a tithe of that which struck Cleigh an hour later.
The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath

The befuddlement of Antoine and the waiter who assisted him added to the general joy.
Lady Larkspur Meredith Nicholson

verb (transitive)
to confuse, muddle, or perplex
to make stupid with drink
v.

“confuse,” 1873, from be- + fuddle; originally “to confuse with strong drink or opium” (by 1832). An earlier word in the same sense was begunk (1725). Related: Befuddled; befuddling.

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