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bewildering

[bih-wil-der-ing]
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adjective
  1. extremely confusing: a bewildering schedule of events.
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Origin of bewildering

First recorded in 1785–95; bewilder + -ing2
Related formsbe·wil·der·ing·ly, adverbun·be·wil·der·ing, adjectiveun·be·wil·der·ing·ly, adverb

bewilder

[bih-wil-der]
verb (used with object)
  1. to confuse or puzzle completely; perplex: These shifting attitudes bewilder me.
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Origin of bewilder

First recorded in 1675–85; be- + wilder1

Synonyms

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mystify, nonplus, confuse, daze, confound, stagger, muddle.
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  • No lawful passion can ever be so bewildering or ecstatic as an unlawful one.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • The case of Yates was by all odds the most complex and bewildering of the four.

  • There were such a bewildering lot of them, now that I had pried open my eyes.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Broken, bewildering, vague, an echo that answers to nothing!

    Poems

    William D. Howells

  • And to avoid the bewildering depths into which we were led, we suggested a stroll on the sands.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani


British Dictionary definitions for bewildering

bewildering

adjective
  1. causing utter confusion; puzzling
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Derived Formsbewilderingly, adverb

bewilder

verb (tr)
  1. to confuse utterly; puzzle
  2. archaic to cause to become lost
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Derived Formsbewilderment, 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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