Bemused vs. Amused

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  • Bemused (verb)

    simple past tense and past participle of bemuse

  • Bemused (adjective)

    deeply thoughtful; preoccupied

  • Bemused (adjective)

    perplexed and bewildered

  • Amused (verb)

    simple past tense and past participle of amuse

    “While waiting for the bus, I amused myself by performing a mime interpretation of the Gettysburg Address.”

  • Amused (adjective)

    Pleasurably entertained.

    “The children chased one another in a circle in front of their amused parents.”

  • Amused (adjective)

    Displaying amusement.

  • Amused (adjective)

    Enjoying humor aspects (of something).

    “He was amused to note the disarray of his opponents.”

    “He was very amused by the lyrics.”

    “She was amused with their antics.”

    “The entertainers parodied his speech. He was not amused.”

  • Bemused (adjective)

    puzzled, confused, or bewildered

    “Lucy looked a little bemused”

    “her bemused expression”

    “a crowd of bemused onlookers”

  • Amused (adjective)

    finding something funny or entertaining

    “people looked on with amused curiosity”

Oxford Dictionary

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