be·​wil·​der·​ing | \ bi-ˈwil-d(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce bewildering (audio) , bē-\

Definition of bewildering

: extremely confusing or difficult to understand an utterly bewildering experience a bewildering number of possibilities … a place of odd traditions and bewildering practices.— David Williamson

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Other Words from bewildering

bewilderingly adverb
a bewilderingly complex situation

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The sinking of the Explorer on November 23, 2007, was one of the most bewildering disasters in modern maritime history. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Truth About Failing Spectacularly," 16 Feb. 2019 But there is such a bewildering amount of high-quality content in the game that those complaints are mere quibbles. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 And besides, in the age of radical self-expression, who says even the most beguiling and bewildering looks can't translate to the streets? Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "9 Beauty Trends That Blew Up on the Fall 2019 Runways," 8 Mar. 2019 While shoppers are familiar with the bewildering array of cage-free and free-range egg options in stores, how pigs are raised is not something frequently touted on bacon or sausage packages. Colleen Slevin, The Seattle Times, "Undercover video shows pig abuse but also common practices," 30 July 2018 The tax treatment of college football donations has turned into a bewildering tangle thanks to last year’s tax overhaul, the most far-reaching rewrite of the U.S. tax code since 1986. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "Forget the Playoff, College Football’s Burning Question Is About Taxes," 16 Nov. 2018 The plate tectonics framework provided a different—if no less bewildering—explanation: that more than a hemisphere’s worth of water has been consumed into the planet’s molten interior and quite literally disappeared off the face of the Earth. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "We’ve Been Wrong Before: The Expanding Earth Theory," 3 Aug. 2018 The needle represents fully digested election information — a bewildering array of numbers collapsed to a single point. Dara Lind, Vox, "America’s love-hate relationship with the New York Times election needle, explained," 6 Nov. 2018 This is why President Trump's decision to suddenly rescue a Chinese telecom company facing ruinous U.S. trade restrictions is so bewildering — and perhaps worrying. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "How Trump’s ZTE deal could undercut his foreign policy," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of bewildering

1761, in the meaning defined above

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