be·​wil·​der·​ing bi-ˈwil-d(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce bewildering (audio)
: 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
bewilderingly adverb
a bewilderingly complex situation

Examples of bewildering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The film brought to a larger audience the bewildering saga of the Morrisseau hoaxes, the various lawsuits, and the allegations involving Voss and Lamont. Jordan Michael Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Feb. 2024 Decision-making occurs through a slow and sometimes bewildering committee process, with minimal input or consensus from the family. Matthew Erskine, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 In 1969, Monty Python's Flying Circus revolutionized sketch comedy with a bewildering mix of surreal satire, witty wordplay, and beguiling nonsense. Danny Horn,, 24 Jan. 2024 Especially a talented and sporadically high-minded one, such as Truman Capote, who saw no particular contradiction between greatness and frivolity and who moved with bewildering ease between registers (and ethical codes) that others might struggle to reconcile. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024 The answer is as bewildering and eye-opening as the story itself: a family of families. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, 23 Jan. 2024 Following the collapse of the USSR, the vast grounds fell into disrepair, and many of the pavilions were used by commercial companies to warehouse and market a bewildering array of goods. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Jan. 2024 For Israel’s Arab minority, these evolving dynamics have left them in a bewildering, contradictory position. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, 26 Dec. 2023 After a slightly bewildering process of getting a table that may involve two separate check-in lines, you’re led into a spacious, modern dining room. Lucas Kwan Peterson, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1761, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bewildering was in 1761

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“Bewildering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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