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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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 Every alliance has its tensions, but the Western one is strained on a bewildering number of fronts (see article). The Economist, "The Western alliance is in trouble," 5 July 2018 The researchers conclude that the first mammals already had this bewildering trait, with millennia of descendants thereafter inheriting the family jewels on full display. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The Earliest Mammals Kept Their Cool With Descended Testicles," 28 June 2018 Healthcare, which relies on a bewildering array of information, is increasingly being touted as a good fit for utilizing AI. James Rogers, Fox News, "Google AI can predict when you'll die with 95 percent accuracy, researchers say," 19 June 2018 The second thing that happened was at once strange, bewildering and amusing. Monique Judge, The Root, "For White People Who Pretend Not to Understand What Racism Is or How It Works: Here’s a Refresher Course," 30 May 2018 The seeming incoherence between those consecutive clauses was followed by other bewildering statements in the letter, which was apparently dictated word-for-word by Trump to an aide. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump’s canceled North Korea summit sums up his chaotic foreign policy," 25 May 2018

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1761, in the meaning defined above

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