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[puhz-uh l-muh nt] /ˈpʌz əl mənt/
the state of being puzzled; perplexity.
something puzzling.
Origin of puzzlement
1815-25; puzzle + -ment Unabridged
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Examples from the web for puzzlement
  • And afterwards, filings stayed low, much to the puzzlement of bankruptcy experts.
  • But something about the view that night puzzled her, although the puzzlement didn't immediately register as such.
  • The emaciated bodies of affected bats add to the puzzlement.
  • Soon my irritation turned to puzzlement, and some self-observation allowed me to track my frustration to a precise source.
  • Public puzzlement is not the only unfortunate result of scientists' aversion to writing and speaking comprehensibly.
  • The pronated hands has always been a puzzlement to me anyway.
  • He then has an endnote that presumably will provide evidence for their puzzlement.
  • It split the world open with a thunderous whump that left everyone looking at each other in puzzlement.
  • The first shot simply caused the cop and me to look at each other in puzzlement.
  • The ultimate cause of failure only deepens the sense of puzzlement.
British Dictionary definitions for puzzlement


the state or condition of being puzzled; perplexity
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Word Origin and History for puzzlement

1822, from puzzle + -ment.

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