be·​wil·​der·​ment | \ bi-ˈwil-dər-mənt How to pronounce bewilderment (audio) , bē-\

Definition of bewilderment

1 : the quality or state of being lost, perplexed, or confused : the quality or state of being bewildered She stared at them in bewilderment.
2 : a complicated or confusing state or condition : a bewildering tangle or confusion a bewilderment of streets

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Examples of bewilderment in a Sentence

the slightest change in her daily routine leaves her in complete bewilderment

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One of the former test pilots expressed bewilderment that the angle-of-attack failure was never explored in the air. Anchorage Daily News, "The inside story of MCAS: How Boeing’s 737 MAX system gained power and lost safeguards," 13 Mar. 2019 Brian Doll still remembers the looks of bewilderment from his staff when the New Trier football coaches were timing players in the 40-yard dash last summer. Steve Reaven,, "Carson Kosonovich, Donovan Perkins still shutting the door in New Trier secondary," 14 July 2018 Just looking at any of his almost 4,000 original results can inspire a feeling of bewilderment and awe even in professional mathematicians: What kind of mind can dream up exotic gems like these? Quanta Magazine, "Three Puzzles Inspired by Ramanujan," 14 July 2016 Damond’s death sparked bewilderment and outrage in both the U.S. and her native Australia. Steve Karnowski, Twin Cities, "Mohamed Noor sentenced to 12½ years in prison; apologizes in court," 7 June 2019 Damond's death sparked bewilderment and outrage in both the U.S. and her native Australia. Steve Karnowski, Fox News, "Attorneys seek light sentence for cop who shot 911 caller," 7 June 2019 Newsletter Sign-up Foreign diplomats in Washington expressed bewilderment at the latest scandal to hit Mr. Trump’s administration. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Senior White House Officials Deny Writing Anonymous Op-Ed Piece," 6 Sep. 2018 Throughout the narrative, an unspoken bewilderment forms and decades later, morphs into an unconditional acceptance. S. Kirk Walsh, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Last Stories,’ by William Trevor," 24 May 2018 The initial reaction was bewilderment, eventually giving over to annoyance and dismissal. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Bird’s electric scooters are getting more rugged to handle heavy use," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of bewilderment

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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