bafflement


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baf·fle

 (băf′əl)
tr.v. baf·fled, baf·fling, baf·fles
1. To confuse or perplex, especially so as to frustrate or prevent from taking action: a patient whose condition baffled the physicians.
2. To impede the force or movement of (a fluid).
n.
1. A usually static device that regulates the flow of a fluid or light.
2. A partition that prevents interference between sound waves in a loudspeaker.

[Perhaps blend of Scottish Gaelic bauchle, to denounce, revile publicly, and French bafouer, to ridicule.]

baf′fle·ment n.
baf′fler n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bafflement - confusion resulting from failure to understandbafflement - confusion resulting from failure to understand
confusedness, disarray, mental confusion, muddiness, confusion - a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior; "a confusion of impressions"
Translations

bafflement

[ˈbæflmənt] Ndesconcierto m, perplejidad f

bafflement

[ˈbæfəlmənt] n (= puzzlement) → perplexité f

bafflement

n (= bewilderment)Verblüffung f, → Verwirrung f

bafflement

[ˈbæflmənt] nperplessità
References in classic literature ?
He was equable, he was to be relied upon, and withal there was a certain bafflement about him.
She noted the fleeting bafflement in his brown eyes.
When the FA called in Roy there was no support from the Press, just complete bafflement that Harry, a shoo-in according to the nationals, had not been approached.
As a boy, he used to visit his grandparents in Carmarthenshire twice a year, a long drive from London in the days before the M4 stretched to Pont Abraham, and it was the cultural bafflement he felt then that drove him, as an adult, to explore the land of his father.
To the bafflement of his escorts, he decided to walk through the middle of the crowd, rather than by the planned route around the edges of the protest.
Natalia Tena's Desdemona is as strong willed as you might expect of a woman who has made a marriage she must know will dismay her father, but completely disabled by bafflement at her husband's jealousy.
His nonsensical claim will be met with bafflement across most parts of Scotland.
Her memoir, a best-seller when it was published in 2002 as Zonenkinder, conveys the post-reunification bafflement experienced by "the last generation of GDR kids.
Its ever-changing management seems to be in a permanent state of bafflement at why it's left with the can't-find-anything-else, too-lazy-to-look or just plain odd.
These new paintings provoke neither bafflement nor astonishment, but rather convey clarity and energy, change and transformation.
His look of total bafflement is worth a thousand words.