bemusement bemusement  /ˈbɛm jus mənt/


  • (n) confusion resulting from failure to understand


  1. Seven years later, Unni recalls the moment with some bemusement.
  2. Now she walks and talks, and her moon-shaped, serene eyes seem to display perpetual bemusement over the whirlwind antics of her two sisters.
  3. Since then, Kafka's visions of the bemusement of modern life have lurked in the background of many contemporary novels.


  1. Random Thoughts | American Girl sparked pride in girlhood

    When newsroom talk recently turned to the American Girl store opening soon at Easton Town Center, I quickly chimed in with my excitement. My co-workers’ reaction to my excitement, though, was bemusement: “You were a doll girl?”
    on June 17, 2013     Source: The Columbus Dispatch

  2. MLB suspensions are serious business, but Dodgers get a laugh

    Three players, Manager Don Mattingly and coach Mark McGwire are suspended after brawl, and Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy gets 10 games. But some of league's actions amuse Dodgers. PITTSBURGH — The Dodgers reacted with bemusement and amusement Friday after Major League Baseball issued eight suspensions to Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks personnel for their roles in a violent brawl during the teams ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times


  1. "I'm fascinated by Russia," Smith said, "and I think there is some genuine Russian cast to Arkady, thanks not to me but to the Russians I have known and who look on my endeavors with some bemusement. You say, `Ivan, what do you think of the...
    on Jun 29, 2007 By: Martin Cruz Smith Source: PopMatters

  2. Karla Peterson of The San Diego Union-Tribune wrote that in tandem with Clark Gregg (as Christine's ex-husband), Mr. Linklater added "a low-key bemusement that throws the standard-issue sitcom rhythms nicely out of whack."
    on Mar 8, 2008 By: Hamish Linklater Source: New York Times

  3. Such songs express "my bemusement at the world," says Lounge, 58. "When I started writing, I decided it wasn't going to be 'moon,' 'spoon' and 'June.' I've heard all that."
    on Apr 27, 2009 By: Bobby Lounge Source: USA Today

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