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to bewilder or confuse (someone).
Historical Examples

I asked, determined not to allow her to bemuse or escape me with her metaphysical talk and illustrations.
She and Allan H. Rider Haggard

Most of these were of the opiate class, light magazines and light stories intended to bemuse and not to educate the mind.
G. H. Q. Frank Fox

Hunger does not necessarily help the understanding; it may bemuse it by passion and resentment.
The Fruits of Victory Norman Angell

(transitive) to confuse; bewilder

“to make utterly confused,” from be- + muse (cf. amuse); attested from 1735 but probably older, as Pope (1705) punned on it as “devoted utterly to the Muses.”


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