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to impress forcefully, especially so as to make oblivious to faults or shortcomings:
Audiences were bedazzled by her charm.
to dazzle so as to blind or confuse:
The glare of the headlights bedazzled him.
(transitive) to dazzle or confuse, as with brilliance

1590s, from be- + dazzle (v.). Related: Bedazzled; bedazzling.


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