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[bih-wil-der-muh nt] /bɪˈwɪl dər mənt/
bewildered state.
a confusing maze or tangle, as of objects or conditions:
a bewilderment of smoke, noise, and pushing people.
Origin of bewilderment
First recorded in 1810-20; bewilder + -ment Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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

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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