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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bewilderingly adverb
a bewilderingly complex situation

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Six years of fighting, involving a bewildering array of rebel groups, have left 1.2 million people displaced, nearly a quarter of the national population. Sebastian Shukla, Tim Lister And Clarissa Ward, CNN, "The forgotten crisis that has displaced 1.2 million people," 27 June 2019 In classical antiquity Syria adjoined Phoenicia, which included the ports of Tyre and Sidon, but it was also associated with a bewildering variety of other ancient places, some clearly in the interior far from the sea. G.w. Bowersock, The New York Review of Books, "The Many Lives of Palestine," 18 Apr. 2019 Trump’s approach to national security and economic issues is completely bewildering U.S. allies, writes the Washington Post. NBC News, "First Read's Morning Clips: Steyer accuses Pelosi of 'normalizing' Trump," 29 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of bewildering

1761, in the meaning defined above

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