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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 of bewilderment
1810-1820
First recorded in 1810-20; bewilder + -ment
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  • To the bewilderment of the Leopard Woman the pace of the safari now slackened.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • The parson tried vainly to struggle out of his bewilderment.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • He had watched her in bewilderment, chilled to the bones, as if touched by the hand of death.

  • bewilderment and unaccustomed weakness overtook Lady Coryston.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • There were gasps, explosive curses of bewilderment, amazement.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
Word Origin and History for bewilderment
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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