puzzle, perplex, bewilder, distract, nonplus, confound, dumbfound mean to baffle and disturb mentally. puzzle implies existence of a problem difficult to solve.
the persistent fever puzzled the doctor perplex adds a suggestion of worry and uncertainty especially about making a necessary decision.
a behavior that perplexed her friends bewilder stresses a confusion of mind that hampers clear and decisive thinking.
a bewildering number of possibilities distract implies agitation or uncertainty induced by conflicting preoccupations or interests.
distracted by personal problemsnonplus implies a bafflement that makes orderly planning or deciding impossible.
the remark left us utterly nonplussedconfound implies temporary mental paralysis caused by astonishment or profound abasement.
the tragic news confounded us all dumbfound suggests intense but momentary confounding; often the idea of astonishment is so stressed that it becomes a near synonym of astound.
was at first too dumbfounded to reply
Examples of bewilder in a Sentence
the change in policy seems to have bewildered many of our customers
Recent Examples on the WebThe cinema’s programming seems designed to bewilder the public.
New York Times, 21 July 2022 The confluence of Marine units and commanders involved in the accident can bewilder even the most savvy of observers.
San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Feb. 2022 Ahead, more celebrity Halloween costumes to shock and bewilder you below, including Megan Thee Stallion, Halle Bailey, and Steve Buscemi.
Vulture Editors, Vulture, 2 Nov. 2021 Nowadays, a lady who offered the back of her hand to a gentleman would only bewilder him.
Washington Post, 28 June 2021 Some may bewilder you, like the bag of fluffy bonito flakes.
BostonGlobe.com, 18 May 2021 Joll is introduced onscreen stepping out of his carriage with remarkably odd sunglasses, which immediately bewilder the Magistrate.
Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 7 Aug. 2020 High fashion, for most people, is a passing blur of bewildering, ever-shifting, sometimes ridiculous seasonal image statements.
Cintra Wilson, The New York Review of Books, 11 Feb. 2020 The message bewildered one of the bill’s sponsors, Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
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