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

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The implications have been a source of anxiety for months on both sides of the English Channel — predictions of crippling traffic jams at ports, confusion over customs procedures, and a general state of business-disrupting bewilderment. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "For Europe, the Threat of a No-Deal Brexit Comes at a Bad Time," 2 Sep. 2019 Good-looking but generally expressionless, Park finds neither brooding anger nor engaging bewilderment in Yong-hoo as the character grapples with what's happening to him. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Divine Fury': Film Review," 15 Aug. 2019 When his 11-year-old son, Billy (Nolen Dubuc), reveals a talent for ballet, a third element complicates the others: bewilderment. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Dancing Boys and a Bloodthirsty Plant Sidle Up to Shakespeare," 29 July 2019 Some shared their thoughts — a mix of concern, bewilderment and frustration — on condition of anonymity in order to speak freely about a campaign many support. Errin Haines Whack And Julie Pace, USA TODAY, "Kamala Harris getting pressed to get more personal about why she’s running for president," 25 June 2019 Luke’s bewilderment at June’s call, and request, is so apparent. Elena Nicolaou,, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 3, Episode 5 Recap: A Seat At The Table," 12 June 2019 One of the former test pilots expressed bewilderment that the angle-of-attack failure was never explored in the air. Anchorage Daily News, "The inside story of MCAS: How Boeing’s 737 MAX system gained power and lost safeguards," 13 Mar. 2019 Brian Doll still remembers the looks of bewilderment from his staff when the New Trier football coaches were timing players in the 40-yard dash last summer. Steve Reaven,, "Carson Kosonovich, Donovan Perkins still shutting the door in New Trier secondary," 14 July 2018 Just looking at any of his almost 4,000 original results can inspire a feeling of bewilderment and awe even in professional mathematicians: What kind of mind can dream up exotic gems like these? Quanta Magazine, "Three Puzzles Inspired by Ramanujan," 14 July 2016

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First Known Use of bewilderment

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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