bewilderment

noun

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

Examples of bewilderment in a Sentence

the slightest change in her daily routine leaves her in complete bewilderment
Recent Examples on the Web Americans can see, with their own eyes, his gaffes, his stiffness, his seeming bewilderment. S.e. Cupp, New York Daily News, 10 July 2024 Fishburne as Doc Rivers is a closer approximation, though much of that is due to Fishburne’s commitment to taking on the distinct, gravely vocal stylings of the actual Rivers, his wild hand gestures, his moments of bewilderment and exasperation. Hanif Abdurraqib, The New Yorker, 3 July 2024 Councilman Jim Waring, whose district the potential arena would be located in, expressed mostly bewilderment Monday. The Arizona Republic, 15 Apr. 2024 But those feelings soon gave way to sadness and bewilderment. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 4 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for bewilderment 

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Word History

First Known Use

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bewilderment was in 1793

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“Bewilderment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bewilderment. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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