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

Other Words from bewildering

bewilderingly adverb
a bewilderingly complex situation

Examples of bewildering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Use Sherlock Holmesian deduction to locate the start of Nordic Flower (5.14b) among a bewildering grouping of quickdraws dangling like villi in the duodenum of Scandinavian jotun. Jeff Jackson, Outside Online, 28 July 2022 The strangest, most bewildering performance dominates the film’s grandest set piece, which unfolds in Omnipotence City, the colossal hall of the gods where the boss of them all, Zeus (Russell Crowe), holds forth. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 13 July 2022 Together, the two floors enact a familiar experience of art: the bewildering feeling of being lost, interspersed with moments of enlightenment and clarity. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 Our unconcerned gaze at dramatic and disturbing images of tragedies, perceived as infinitely far away from us, is a bewildering matter of fact. Rica Cerbarano, Vogue, 1 Feb. 2022 Only time will tell if the rest of the adaptation falls to the same bewildering anachronisms as the trailer shows. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 June 2022 The establishment suffered its first of such break-ins last July when thieves shattered the restaurant's glass front door and made away with an iPad, laptop and several cases of lemonade—a lean and bewildering haul for an otherwise brazen burglary. Dan Carson, Chron, 5 May 2022 The degree to which the American press—and, to be sure, segments of the French—insists on casting his victory as a kind of moral defeat, is genuinely bewildering. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 25 Apr. 2022 Watching female athletes compete in certain Olympic events is always somewhat bewildering, for a totally different reason, which is that the most difficult feats are expected to be performed with the widest smiles. Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bewildering

1761, in the meaning defined above

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“Bewildering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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