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bewildering

[bih-wil-der-ing] /bɪˈwɪl dər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
extremely confusing:
a bewildering schedule of events.
Origin of bewildering
1785-1795
1785-95; bewilder + -ing2
Related forms
bewilderingly, adverb
unbewildering, adjective
unbewilderingly, adverb

bewilder

[bih-wil-der] /bɪˈwɪl dər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to confuse or puzzle completely; perplex:
These shifting attitudes bewilder me.
Origin
1675-85; be- + wilder1
Synonyms
mystify, nonplus, confuse, daze, confound, stagger, muddle.
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British Dictionary definitions for bewildering

bewildering

/bɪˈwɪldərɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing utter confusion; puzzling
Derived Forms
bewilderingly, adverb

bewilder

/bɪˈwɪldə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to confuse utterly; puzzle
2.
(archaic) to cause to become lost
Derived Forms
bewilderment, noun
Word Origin
C17: see be-, wilder
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Word Origin and History for bewildering

bewilder

v.

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: Bewildered; bewildering; bewilderingly.

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