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1. The condition of being confused or disoriented.
2. A situation of perplexity or confusion; a tangle: a bewilderment of lies and half-truths.


(bɪˈwɪl dər mənt)

1. the state of being bewildered.
2. a confusing maze or tangle.




  1. As confounding as the groom who drives into a stop sign on the way to his wedding —Amy Hempel
  2. As puzzling as a page in an unknown language —Henry James

    In James’ story, The Pupil the personality of one of the characters serves as a frame of reference for the comparison.

  3. Bewildering like a fruitless spring —Jean Garrigue
  4. Confounded utterly, like an orphan in solitary confinement —Jean Stafford
  5. Confused, like a mourner who has wandered into the wrong funeral parlor —James Crumley
  6. He’s as mixed up as the twentieth century —Clifford Odets
  7. Inexplicable as the birth of a star —Stephen Vincent Benét
  8. [Speaking candidly] muddled her like wine, or like a first breath of freedom —Kate Chopin
  9. Mysterious as the sea —Robert Traver
  10. So confused he’s like a hypnotized rabbit —Derek Lambert
  11. Wrinkled his long nose uncertainly, like a hound robbed of the scent by heavy rain —Donald Seaman
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bewilderment - confusion resulting from failure to understandbewilderment - 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"


noun confusion, puzzlement, disorientation, perplexity, bemusement, mystification, befuddlement He shook his head in bewilderment.


ذُهول، إرْباك
ruglingur, fát


[bɪˈwɪldəmənt] Nperplejidad f, desconcierto m
to look around in bewildermentmirar alrededor perplejo or desconcertado


[bɪˈwɪldərmənt] n
(= puzzlement) → perplexité f
(= confusion) → confusion f


n (= confusion)Verwirrung f; (= bafflement)Verblüffung f, → Erstaunen nt; in bewildermentverwundert; his bewilderment was obviouser war offensichtlich verwirrt/verblüfft


[bɪˈwɪldəmənt] nperplessità, sbalordimento


(biˈwildə) verb
to amaze or puzzle. She was bewildered when her husband suddenly left her; bewildered by the instructions.
beˈwilderment noun
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Well, it was printed, and she got three hundred dollars for it, likewise plenty of praise and blame, both so much greater than she expected that she was thrown into a state of bewilderment from which it took her some time to recover.
Edna's face was a blank picture of bewilderment, which she never thought of disguising.
The astonishment and bewilderment of the party had gradually given way to a boyish and impatient interest.
His professional brethren, each for himself, adopted various hypotheses, more or less plausible, but all dressed out in a perplexing mystery of phrase, which, if it do not show a bewilderment of mind in these erudite physicians, certainly causes it in the unlearned peruser of their opinions.
At all events, if it involved any secret information in regard to old Roger Chillingworth, it was in a tongue unknown to the erudite clergyman, and did but increase the bewilderment of his mind.
There came to me thus a bewilderment of vision of which, after these years, there is no living view that I can hope to give.
She expected the agent to fly into a passion, but he was, to her bewilderment, as ever imperturbable; he even offered to go and get a lawyer for her, but she declined this.
In five minutes more the cloud of bewilderment dissolved: I knew quite well that I was in my own bed, and that the red glare was the nursery fire.
Tossing about, she increased her feverish bewilderment to madness, and tore the pillow with her teeth; then raising herself up all burning, desired that I would open the window.
During the confusion and bewilderment of the second day Mary hid herself in the nursery and was forgotten by everyone.
Wragge acknowledged the receipt of these lofty directions by a look of placid bewilderment, and led the way out of the room; Magdalen following her, with a candle presented by the attentive captain.
They tried speaking to him; but, he was so confused, and so very slow to answer, that they took fright at his bewilderment, and agreed for the time to tamper with him no more.