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bewildered

[bih-wil-derd] /bɪˈwɪl dərd/
adjective
1.
completely puzzled or confused; perplexed.
Origin of bewildered
1675-1685
First recorded in 1675-85; bewilder + -ed2
Related forms
bewilderedly, adverb
bewilderedness, noun
unbewildered, adjective
unbewilderedly, adverb

bewilder

[bih-wil-der] /bɪˈwɪl dər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to confuse or puzzle completely; perplex:
These shifting attitudes bewilder me.
Origin
First recorded in 1675-85; be- + wilder1
Synonyms
mystify, nonplus, confuse, daze, confound, stagger, muddle.
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  • If he made me blind, may he not easily have bewildered her, and have been himself bewildered?

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • She dragged him in a bewildered state of mind to the door, which she held open.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • "You're very kind," said Aunt Frank, with a sigh of bewildered relief.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • I knew that it was I myself, and not my mode of life, that bewildered her.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • A creature of hope and joy, the first draught of sorrow had bewildered her.

British Dictionary definitions for bewildered

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 bewildered
adj.

1680s, past participle adjective from bewilder (q.v.).

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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