bewildering

[bih-wil-der-ing]
adjective
extremely confusing: a bewildering schedule of events.

Origin:
1785–95; bewilder + -ing2

bewilderingly, adverb
unbewildering, adjective
unbewilderingly, adverb
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bewilder

[bih-wil-der]
verb (used with object)
to confuse or puzzle completely; perplex: These shifting attitudes bewilder me.

Origin:
1675–85; be- + wilder (v.)


mystify, nonplus, confuse, daze, confound, stagger, muddle.
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bewilder (bɪˈwɪldə)
 
vb
1.  to confuse utterly; puzzle
2.  archaic to cause to become lost
 
[C17: see be-, wilder]
 
bewilderment
 
n

bewildering (bɪˈwɪldərɪŋ)
 
adj
causing utter confusion; puzzling
 
bewilderingly
 
adv

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bewilder
1680s, from be- "thoroughly" + archaic wilder "lead astray, lure into the wilds," probably a back-formation of wilderness. An earlier word with the same sense was bewhape (early 14c.). Related: Bewildering.
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Either way, the retirement choices you face need not be bewildering.
Mainstream parties once changed names, merged and split with bewildering speed.
Its structure is unique, complex, and at times bewildering.
Pop psych lore is a bewildering mix of fact and fallacy.
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