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bewilderment

[ bih-wil-der-muhnt ]
/ bɪˈwɪl dər mənt /
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noun

bewildered state.
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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