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
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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.
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Even after this long passage of time, a distaste born of bafflement is palpable.
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to my bafflement what with their distrust of the world