Befuddling



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

And opinions grew more virulent and befuddling on both sides.
Why We’re Not Ranking Rabbis Gary Ginsberg, Michael Lynton, Abigail Pogrebin February 25, 2014

Historical Examples

Have we no “mud-heads” befuddling life at every turn of the way?
Through Our Unknown Southwest Agnes C. Laut

The greater part of the befuddling of Polonius then follows.
Dramatic Technique George Pierce Baker

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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