puz·​zle·​ment | \ ˈpə-zəl-mənt How to pronounce puzzlement (audio) \

Definition of puzzlement

1 : the state of being puzzled : perplexity
2 : puzzle

Examples of puzzlement in a Sentence

The cause of the accident has been a source of puzzlement. The explanation only increased their puzzlement.
Recent Examples on the Web Illuminated in the blue glow of bubbling water and artificial light, the two women slowly registered each other with puzzlement, hostility and abject longing. New York Times, 22 Feb. 2022 Freud sought to impress on his readers a sense of relentless puzzlement, to spark resistance to neat arguments. Udi Greenberg, The New Republic, 3 Feb. 2022 Which brings us back to another big picture problem, summed up neatly by Cad Bane expressing puzzlement at Boba’s angle here. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 9 Feb. 2022 For lovers of his work, such puzzlement appears to be part of his appeal. James Walton, The New York Review of Books, 20 Aug. 2020 And his puzzlement offers comfort, transcending middle-aged male disaffection to speak to the universal condition of adulthood. Nina Renata Aron, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2022 The entire subject of cryptocurrency is one that many find a puzzlement and yet perhaps vaguely alluring. John Anderson, WSJ, 21 Dec. 2021 And that makes the joy of the high notes merely a fleeting moment, followed by a more lasting sense of puzzlement. Steven Oxman, Variety, 18 Nov. 2021 But the shape and direction of that agenda remain a matter of considerable puzzlement despite—or perhaps because of—Kishida's efforts to explain it. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of puzzlement

1731, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Puzzlement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puzzlement. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of puzzlement

: the state of being perplexed She had a look of puzzlement on her face.

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