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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Examples of bewildered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In one frightening episode, during a game against New Orleans in November 2016, he was carted off the field, crying, his bewildered face a portrait of anguish. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "Luke Kuechly Joins N.F.L.’s Under-30 Retirees Club," 15 Jan. 2020 Several studies and polls exploring the citizenry's opinion on foreign affairs have found a sort of bewildered irritation at the giant waste of resources all these wars have been. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Bernie Sanders is America's best hope for a sane foreign policy," 7 Jan. 2020 In my search for sources, the question prompted a series of bewildered responses from Globe colleagues., "One-click ordering? Not for those with FOBO (fear of better options) - The Boston Globe," 23 Dec. 2019 Related Politics Read the Full Articles of Impeachment Against Trump Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah adopted a bewildered stance about the disconnect in reactions to the report at the beginning of his questioning. Time, "Why the Inspector General's FBI Report Became the Latest Front in Washington's Partisan Fight," 11 Dec. 2019 An urban professional seeking to reorganize an area of rural practice may feel bewildered at the passive-aggressive behavior of their rural colleagues. Timothy Baker, Quartz at Work, "The special kind of narcissism that makes city people feel superior," 27 Nov. 2019 When the sound ended, the audience seemed to be left bewildered by its absence. Sarah Schutte, National Review, "A British Choral Group, ‘Singing Joyfully’ on the Upper East Side," 26 Oct. 2019 As markets respond to the political turn, many small business owners already battered by the long-running economic struggles under both Fernández and Macri are again feeling bewildered and fearful. Washington Post, "Uncertainty puts Argentine business owners on defensive," 13 Aug. 2019 The attacks have left Crowther and members of his laboratory feeling bewildered, even depressed. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, "Catchy findings have propelled this young ecologist to fame—and enraged his critics," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of bewildered

1760, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jan 2020

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“Bewildered.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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