be·​wil·​der·​ing | \bi-ˈwil-d(ə-)riŋ, 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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bewilderingly adverb
a bewilderingly complex situation

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The shift is hardly less bewildering to Sawyer and her fellow soldiers. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Past Is Never Dead. It’s Not Even Past," 8 Nov. 2018 Well, the bewildering scene may be repeated on Martha’s Vineyard next week when former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz speaks at the Katharine Cornell Theater. Mark Shanahan,, "Alan Dershowitz plans event to answer critics on Martha’s Vineyard," 11 July 2018 Otherwise, the commitment to direct democracy at the Palacio Vistalegre was substantial, if somewhat bewildering for the technophobic. Dan Hancox, Newsweek, "Podemos: The Radical Party Turning Spanish Politics on Its Head," 22 Oct. 2014 And sometimes, as in the case of Jimi Hendrix, 3D is just a bewildering parlor trick. Erik Sofge, Popular Mechanics, "Why 3D Doesn't Work for TV, But Is Great for Gaming: Analysis," 11 Mar. 2010 The texts, to be spoken by the percussionist, came from a bewildering array of sources: obscure passages from Twain and Dickens, a Mother Goose rhyme. David Weininger,, "Category-defying music, left-wing stance in composer’s provocative piece," 6 June 2018 Given a fresh translation by the accomplished duo of Margaret Jull Costa and Robin Patterson, these 76 stories move among a bewildering range of traditions. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Ungraspable ‘Miracle’ of Machado de Assis," 28 June 2018 And some concepts, like milk that comes from almonds instead of animals, were downright bewildering. Anya Van Wagtendonk,, "For these immigrants, flipping pancakes and learning English go hand-in-hand," 12 July 2018 The Wayfair ruling could ignite a legislative gold rush, with cities and states passing new online sales taxes that could make the existing patchwork of rules and rates even more bewildering. Hiawatha Bray,, "Online tax bills are hugely complicated — more than you ever knew — and small firms are finding that out," 25 June 2018

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1761, in the meaning defined above

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