The Closing Word: Bemused

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This week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (bih-MUSED)

1. perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment

2. deeply absorbed in thought

1. at sea, baffled, befuddled, bewildered, confounded, confused, lost, mazed, mixed-up

2. deep in thought, lost, preoccupied

From ”People often use the word bemuse when they mean amuse, but to amuse is to entertain, and to bemuse is to confuse. In Alice in Wonderland, the White Rabbit amuses Alice as he frolics, but then the Cheshire Cat bemuses her when he tells her to go two directions at once.”

“Many first-time buyers are utterly bemused by the closing process, so I like to sit down and explain what’s going to happen prior to the big day.”

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