be·​wil·​dered | \bi-ˈwil-dərd, 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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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 But writer Leary extends the pie motif to encompass Tommy’s bonding with his bewildered but supportive mom (a warmly appealing Marci Anne Wuebben) over baking. James Hebert,, "'Loneliest Girl' squeezes insight and wit from story of Anita Bryant," 4 June 2018 Mariam had never attended any school and looked bewildered when the French agent told her to remove her head scarf. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "At French Outpost in African Migrant Hub, Asylum for a Select Few," 25 Feb. 2018 As Trout circled the bases, Cook walked around the mound, bewildered. Tom Verducci,, "The Star That Still Won't Shine: The Incredible, Unprecedented but Unseen Greatness of Mike Trout," 12 July 2018 Handford initially thought of Waldo as a bewildered wanderer but the character enjoyed immediate success and has enjoyed ongoing popularity though best-selling books, video games, a TV series and other offerings. John Wilkens,, "Library punches all the buttons for annual Waldo contest," 25 June 2018 There are so many wonderfully acidic sentences in this bewildered, deeply irritated review. Sara Benincasa, Longreads, "Great Reviews Of Movies I Have Never Seen: A Reading List," 13 July 2018 As the mystery of the recruit’s disappearance is slowly unveiled and the emotional baton passes to his bewildered mother (Jennifer Aniston), the director refuses to sensationalize the tragedy, melting it into a broader narrative of everyday horrors. David Lowery, New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Yellow Birds,’ Two Soldiers Deploy, but Only One Comes Home," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of bewildered

1760, in the meaning defined above

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