It might appear senseless but that is appearance only, our bafflement before such barbarity.
This accounts for some of the bafflement that occasionally greets Bachmann's statements.
A flutter of bafflement showed in her black lashes, but the lips continued to twitch mischievously.
She held out her hand for the bank-note which, with a sense of bafflement, he gave her.
His most notable achievement had been his resistance and bafflement of many nice girls and of the mothers of many nice girls.
Mike took heart, his experience believed and his bafflement shared.
The murky walls and the low ceiling gave forth an impression of solidity that accentuated his sense of bafflement.
Dick shook his head in bafflement, and glanced at his watch.
A madness of bafflement and frustrated curiosity gripped and shook me.
His voice sounded odd and tired, and there was an ache of bafflement in his young eyes.
1540s, "to disgrace," perhaps a Scottish respelling of bauchle "to disgrace publicly" (especially a perjured knight), which is probably related to French bafouer "to abuse, hoodwink" (16c.), possibly from baf, a natural sound of disgust, like bah (cf. German baff machen "to flabbergast"). Meaning "to bewilder, confuse" is from 1640s; that of "to defeat someone's efforts" is from 1670s. Related: Baffled; baffling.
"shielding device," 1881, from baffle (v.).