No wonder many people responded with bafflement and even anger.
We in medicine have watched all this mainly with bafflement, even indifference.
Most of them look at me with wide eyes, somewhere between panic and bafflement.
Yet amid that bafflement, you may end up intrigued as well.
Her first book, an experimental novel, caused bafflement.
It has become acceptable to simply ignore it, professing some mixture of doubt, bafflement and apathy.
Since the lyrics remain a bafflement, it might well be.
In both countries, the fires have left in their wake a sense of angry bafflement.
After years of bafflement, investigators now believe they have nearly cracked the puzzle.
The stories have in common a sort of bafflement, justified in the best ones by the fact that their burdens are truly mysterious.
British Dictionary definitions for bafflement
to perplex; bewilder; puzzle
to frustrate (plans, efforts, etc)
to check, restrain, or regulate (the flow of a fluid or the emission of sound or light)
to provide with a baffle
(obsolete) to cheat or trick
Also called baffle board, baffle plate. a plate or mechanical device designed to restrain or regulate the flow of a fluid, the emission of light or sound, or the distribution of sound, esp in a loudspeaker or microphone
bafflement, noun baffler, noun
C16: perhaps from Scottish dialect bachlen to condemn publicly; perhaps related to French bafouer to disgrace
1540s, "to disgrace," perhaps a Scottish respelling of bauchle "to disgrace publicly" (especially a perjured knight), which is probably related to Fr. bafouer "to abuse, hoodwink" (16c.), possibly from baf, a natural sound of disgust, like bah (cf. Ger. baff machen "to flabbergast"). Meaning "to bewilder, confuse" is from 1640s; that of "to defeat someone's efforts" is from 1675. The noun sense of "shielding device" is first recorded 1881. Related: Baffled "confounded" (1650s); bafflement (1841).