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bemused (adj) confused and unable to think clearly.

When a person appears confused, and incapable of clear thinking, they are bemused. They have a bemused look. When a beautiful young lady smiles at a young man who has not seen her before, he is bemused. That is, he is confused as he does not know what to make of her smile. He then has a bemused expression.

  • The bemused expression on his face was due to the fact that someone had told him that he had won a prize worth some thousands of dollars, which he had not expected, and which he had no hope of winning.
  • Harry, waking up from his dream of having been elected a senator, was bemused as he could not imagine himself in that position, and as it raised in him the hope of becoming a senator.
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