be·​wil·​der·​ment bi-ˈwil-dər-mənt How to pronounce bewilderment (audio)
: the quality or state of being lost, perplexed, or confused : the quality or state of being bewildered
She stared at them in bewilderment.
: a complicated or confusing state or condition : a bewildering tangle or confusion
a bewilderment of streets

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bewilderment was in 1793

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“Bewilderment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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