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 There's a bewildering range of chef knives available, from dirt cheap to very expensive specialty blades. Scott Gilbertson, Wired, "The Best Chef Knives to Level Up Your Quarantine Cuisine," 20 June 2020 The idea that a symbolic order at once mathematical, emotive and bewildering – the sublime force called language – surfs the absolute mystery of nature, of things in themselves, brought to mind my old z-19. 1843, "The internet, mon amour," 19 June 2020 Da 5 Bloods is well over two hours long, and veers between cinematic styles in ways both joyful and bewildering. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods Takes On the Black Trauma of Vietnam," 12 June 2020 Of course, equity investors are among last in line to get paid when a company files for bankruptcy, which makes those companies’ spiking share prices all the more bewildering. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "The Fed says it’s standing pat through 2022—but markets don’t love the tune," 11 June 2020 Who could have forecast, at that bewildering, perilous time, that the most transcendent contribution to world letters — arguably the most influential novel in history — would not be what was popular in those days? Ariel Dorfman, Washington Post, "Writers of the past turned suffering into literary masterpieces. They might help us understand how to meet the challenges of our day.," 3 June 2020 The second, third, and fourth rooms uncover the bewildering events that the photo essay set in motion. Washington Post, "Gordon Parks went to Rio to save a boy’s life. What happened next was a lot more complicated.," 16 Oct. 2019 Across Europe — and especially within Italy — recent times have produced a series of bewildering, potentially expensive events that have conspired to replace a spirit of optimism with deepening concern. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Italy’s Economy Was Humming Nicely. Then Came Trump.," 22 June 2018 The bewildering array of symptoms also raises questions about why people respond so differently to the same virus. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Could genetics explain the confusing array of SARS-CoV-2 symptoms?," 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of bewildering

1761, in the meaning defined above

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“Bewildering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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