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Befooling   Listen

Derision of someone or something as foolish or absurd or inconsistent.  Synonym: stultification.

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"Befooling" Quotes from Famous Books

... some leagues off. The Devil, who never sleeps, saw his advantage, and perceiving her, says the annalist, "goaded by the thorns of Venus, he slily took the shape of the aforesaid 'Father,' and returning every night to the convent, was so successful in befooling her, that she owned to having received him 434 times."[86] Great pity was felt for her on her repenting; and she was speedily saved from all need of blushing, being put into a fine walled-tomb built for her in the ...
— La Sorciere: The Witch of the Middle Ages • Jules Michelet

... never showed them in their own country. And is there nothing now to be seen by them that are not yet delivered from that oppression, that may give them occasion to stay themselves and wonder? What, is preservation nothing? What, is baffling and befooling the enemies of God's church nothing? In the Maryan [Footnote: Upon the accession of Mary to the throne of England, the sanguinary laws against heretics were revived, and those shocking scenes of cruelty followed which have fixed upon this princess the epithet ...
— The Riches of Bunyan • Jeremiah Rev. Chaplin

Words linked to "Befooling" :   derision, stultification

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