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[bih-wil-der-muh nt]
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  1. bewildered state.
  2. a confusing maze or tangle, as of objects or conditions: a bewilderment of smoke, noise, and pushing people.
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Origin of bewilderment

First recorded in 1810–20; bewilder + -ment
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Related Words for bewilderment

perplexity, confusion, disorientation, surprise, discombobulation, daze, bafflement

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Word Origin and History for bewilderment


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

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