be·​wil·​der·​ment | \ bi-ˈwil-dər-mənt , 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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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 The default attitude used to be bewilderment that, in a world of superior driving machines, staid sedans like the Toyota Camry topped the best-seller list. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Hatchbacks Aren't Dead, They're Just Weird Small Crossovers Now," 30 Aug. 2018 Shortly after Becca Cosmetics announced the launch of the Skin Love collection, excitement about the brand delving into skin care and skin-centric makeup turned to bewilderment and disapproval over one of the images in the campaign. Marci Robin, Allure, "Becca Responds to Accusations That It Darkened a Model's Hand for the Skin Love Campaign," 11 Aug. 2018 When Chrissy Teigen revealed on Twitter recently that the birth of her first child had resulted in a tear, repaired with many stitches, people responded in bewilderment. Frances F. Denny, Harper's BAZAAR, "What People Don’t Tell You About Childbirth: The Realities of Vaginal Tearing," 16 July 2018 One of the bedrooms features a circular bed and a rock wall, at once eliciting awe and bewilderment. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "This eclectic, circular midcentury house could be yours for $1.7M," 16 Aug. 2018 If one is in a state of perplexity and bewilderment so severe that they are paralyzed, they are said to be in tharn. Peter Rock, New York Times, "On the Unsettling Allure of ‘Watership Down’," 15 May 2018 But the dynamism and creativity Klinsmann hoped to produce was replaced by regression and bewilderment. Brian Straus,, "Young USMNT Builds on Tactical Foundation, Eases to Win Over Bolivia," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of bewilderment

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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