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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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 And the expression on the poor lad’s face, at the climax of the tale, is one of genuine bewilderment, quivering with disbelief that his ordinary young life should have descended into the infernal. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Hereditary” Delivers a New Kind of Horror," 7 June 2018 The storm sparked last-minute runs on supplies, clogged evacuation routes, mass bewilderment, mountains of debris and needless death. David Whitley,, "Will Central Florida learn Irma's lessons?," 1 June 2018 Thirty-seven games later, Murphy walked out of the Field of Dreams complex in bewilderment. Bob Narang,, "Barrington drops a heartbreaker as Palatine rallies to reach state," 5 June 2018 The network has broadcast Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm tournaments on several occasions—to the bewilderment of many sports fans—and has aired more events for more recognizable games like Street Fighter. Eric Van Allen, WIRED, "Live on ESPN: Is Esports Finally Ready for Its Crossover Moment?," 11 July 2018 Watching season 2 of Westworld has been an exercise in bewilderment. Meagan Fredette,, "This Westworld Theory Points Out A Major Connection To The Truman Show," 17 June 2018 Daimler declined to comment, but other carmakers expressed bewilderment. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "In Germany’s Car Capital, the Unthinkable: The Right to Ban Cars," 27 Feb. 2018 Her bewilderment deepened as she was arrested, taken to the detention facility in Tacoma and put in deportation proceedings. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "‘This never happens’: International student’s unexpected ordeal ends with surprise twist," 27 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of bewilderment

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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