be·​wil·​dered | \ bi-ˈwil-dərd How to pronounce bewildered (audio) , bē-\

Definition of bewildered

: deeply or utterly confused or perplexed I was appalled and was too bewildered to do or say anything.— Bram Stoker He looked at her with a bewildered expression. Dickie Pope is staring at me, bewildered now, perhaps even convinced I'm insane.— Richard Russo

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Abandoned to the world, these bewildered and naive Thin Bloods threaten the Masquerade, the elaborate social pact that prevents humans from finding out about vampires. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "15 years later, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is finally happening," 21 Mar. 2019 Grinning red-jacketed workers of the SNCF — the national rail company — who were designated to guide the few bewildered-looking passengers who showed up, were outnumbered by them. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "Stranded French Commuters Could Test Macron’s Reform Agenda," 4 Apr. 2018 Then the electrons are gone again, leaving the bewildered ions still trying to catch up. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Technical tour-de-force traps positrons," 11 Dec. 2018 Russ Ogle, a plant manager at Standard Textile’s Union facility, says the President’s proposed tariffs have left his workers feeling bewildered. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Looming Trade Lesson," 9 Aug. 2018 Kylian Mbappé, inside the first 10 seconds, burning Belgium’s Jan Vertonghen away, an express train speeding past a bewildered commuter. Rory Smith, New York Times, "France, With Flash to Spare, Reaches the World Cup Final," 11 July 2018 The caller said a crowd of bewildered onlookers gathered around as the man got out of his car wearing a gray collared shirt and gray slacks and continued to yell. Jonathan Drew, Fox News, "Man complaining of broken phone crashes into Verizon store," 27 July 2018 Some bewildered and anxious city employees were ushered out of 10th-floorcouncil offices after about 35 agents in business suits arrived in the lobby shortly before 1 p.m., "May 15, 2003: FBI RAIDS CITY HALL," 15 May 2018 What stands before us is a bewildered white man with a profound sense of entitlement, a feeling matched only by his uneasiness and uncertainty. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Stephen Rea Is One Really Mad Man in ‘Cyprus Avenue’," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of bewildered

1760, in the meaning defined above

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