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

Examples of bewildering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Covid protocols mean the pre-tested audience is smaller than usual -- but the leather trousers, confounding lyrical choices and trademark key changes that define music's most bewildering spectacle are all very much present and correct. Rob Picheta, CNN, 21 May 2021 Fauci was -- and continues to be -- a steady, calming voice for many who looked to him for guidance during an unprecedented, bewildering and often-chaotic time (Airborne virus! Madeleine Thompson And Andrea Kane, CNN, 1 May 2021 Falling down the slime, internet rabbit hole these past few weeks was one of my life’s most bewildering business experiences. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Apr. 2021 The biggest challenge has been the bewildering and continual state of limbo. New York Times, 10 Mar. 2021 Of course, this is happening everywhere, but in China the transformation has been faster, vaster, and more bewildering. Yi-ling Liu, Wired, 9 Mar. 2021 But this can often shift, in different circumstances, toward acute discomfort and near-panic when change seems overwhelming and bewildering. New York Times, 24 Dec. 2020 The podcast interview is a bit bewildering, frankly. The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Feb. 2021 Benjamin Moore, for example, boasts a bewildering 3,500 colors. Allison Duncan, WSJ, 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of bewildering

1761, in the meaning defined above

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26 May 2021

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“Bewildering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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