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bewilderment

[bih-wil-der-muh nt] /bɪˈwɪl dər mənt/
noun
1.
bewildered state.
2.
a confusing maze or tangle, as of objects or conditions:
a bewilderment of smoke, noise, and pushing people.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; bewilder + -ment
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  • Sometimes it seems that the only thing expanding faster than the universe is cosmologists' bewilderment.
  • Their reaction was and still is fear, not continuing bewilderment.
  • One begins to detect a certain amount of chicanery coupled to bewilderment in his views.
  • Plainly dressed in gray and white, she had a gentle face, but sad in its calm bewilderment.
  • The mood in the room was one of bewilderment and hurt.
  • They stand together in bewilderment as their parents shout and picket outside the schoolyard.
  • I'm just baffled by your bewilderment at the idea of a senator telling a blatant, boldfaced lie.
  • The mad stare had gone, replaced by a look of bewilderment and dismay.
  • Some literary observers expressed bewilderment at the fiction selections.
  • Students were looking at me, and at one another, with bewilderment.
Word Origin and History for bewilderment
n.

1820, "condition of being bewildered," from bewilder + -ment; meaning "thing or situation which bewilders" is from 1844.

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