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
Recent Examples on the Web Lux stood near first base, hands on hips, mouth slightly open, staring out toward center with a look of bewilderment. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Oct. 2021 Fans seemed to be taken off guard by the announcement, expressing a blend of bewilderment, disappointment, and good humor. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 As the day unfolded my kids came home with a look of bewilderment on their face asking me what was going on. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 5 Sep. 2021 His point was that the offense has a firm understanding of its job, the defense of its job, and there isn’t a whole lot of bewilderment these days inside the practice facility. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Sep. 2021 The sense of bewilderment surrounding the swooning Sox at Fenway Park ran into a new dimension in the sixth inning of an 8-1 loss to Tampa Bay., 12 Aug. 2021 Agustin, the first-time DACA applicant who lives in Virginia, expressed bewilderment about Congress' longstanding failure to legalize undocumented immigrants brought to the country as minors. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 29 July 2021 The hitter stepped out of the box and, as color returned to his face, patted his racing heart with a grin — a mix of bewilderment and amusement., 21 June 2021 Harbaugh was a grand slam hire, while Edwards was met with bewilderment. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 23 July 2021

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First Known Use of bewilderment

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bewilderment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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