Word of the Day: Dazzle

daz-zle / ˈdazəl




  1. to cause to lose vision momentarily, typically due to looking at a bright light

Light, when suddenly let in, dazzles and hurts and almost blinds us: but this soon passes away, and it seems to become the only element we can exist in.

Augustus William Hare, 1792-1834


  1. to astonish or impress greatly

If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull.

  1. C. Fields, 1880-1946


  1. to shine brilliantly

The Truth must dazzle gradually

Or every man be blind.

Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886




  1. an act or instance of shining brilliantly

You must habit yourself to the dazzle of the light and of every moment in your life.

from ‘Leaves of Grass’ by Walt Whitman, 1819-1892