bewilderment 1820, "condition of being bewildered," from BEWILDER (Cf. bewilder) + -MENT (Cf. -ment); meaning "thing or situation which bewilders" is from 1844.

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  • Bewilderment — Be*wil der*ment, n. 1. The state of being bewildered. [1913 Webster] 2. A bewildering tangle or confusion. [1913 Webster] He . . . soon lost all traces of it amid bewilderment of tree trunks and underbrush. Hawthorne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bewilderment — index ambiguity, bombshell, confusion (ambiguity), enigma, ignorance, incertitude, quandary, surprise …   Law dictionary

  • bewilderment — [n] puzzlement bafflement, confusion, daze, discombobulation*, disorientation, perplexity, surprise; concept 14 …   New thesaurus

  • bewilderment — [bi wil′dərmənt] n. 1. the fact or condition of being bewildered 2. a confusion; jumble …   English World dictionary

  • bewilderment — be|wil|der|ment [bıˈwıldəmənt US dər ] n [U] a feeling of being very confused = ↑confusion in bewilderment ▪ She looked at him in bewilderment …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bewilderment — be|wil|der|ment [ bı wıldərmənt ] noun uncount a feeling of being extremely confused: in bewilderment: He stared at us in complete bewilderment …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bewilderment — [[t]bɪwɪ̱ldə(r)mənt[/t]] N UNCOUNT: oft in N Bewilderment is the feeling of being bewildered. He shook his head in bewilderment …   English dictionary

  • bewilderment — UK [bɪˈwɪldə(r)mənt] / US [bɪˈwɪldərmənt] noun [uncountable] a feeling of being extremely confused in bewilderment: He stared at us in complete bewilderment …   English dictionary

  • bewilderment — /bi wil deuhr meuhnt/, n. 1. bewildered state. 2. a confusing maze or tangle, as of objects or conditions: a bewilderment of smoke, noise, and pushing people. [1810 20; BEWILDER + MENT] * * * …   Universalium

  • bewilderment — bewilder ► VERB ▪ perplex or confuse. DERIVATIVES bewildering adjective bewilderment noun. ORIGIN from obsolete wilder «lead or go astray» …   English terms dictionary

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