bewildered state.
a confusing maze or tangle, as of objects or conditions:
a bewilderment of smoke, noise, and pushing people.
Contemporary Examples

By 1996, Haitians were scratching their heads in bewilderment, asking themselves Why has America come to save us?
Bill Clinton’s Shameful Haiti Legacy Bob Shacochis January 18, 2010

There were two modes of being with him, I think it was seduction on the one hand and bewilderment on the other.
The Perils of Being a Hemingway Wife Nico Hines February 22, 2014

When the catharsis comes—and it comes, to lift from Hemingway, gradually then suddenly—there is shock and bewilderment.
How the Media Betrayed McCain Eric Dezenhall October 12, 2008

As a result, the water sank into the ground, prompting migratory cranes to issue calls of “grief and bewilderment.”
Visiting the Arctic Circle…Before It’s Irreversibly Changed Terry Greene Sterling March 31, 2014

As he sifted through the papers, Michael felt “no anger, just bewilderment,” he told me.
Does Jeffrey MacDonald Belong in Jail? Megan McArdle January 2, 2013

Historical Examples

A loud shouting and commotion in the village roused me from my bewilderment.
A Volunteer with Pike Robert Ames Bennet

To the bewilderment of the Leopard Woman the pace of the safari now slackened.
The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White

Down we plunged into the cellar, through the trap and to the Door of bewilderment.
The House of a Thousand Candles Meredith Nicholson

And I, too, I must admit, turned upon Hartnett with a stare of bewilderment.
Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930 Various

Brother Fulkerson answered in a voice of bewilderment, tinged, too, with protest.
When ‘Bear Cat’ Went Dry Charles Neville Buck


1820, “condition of being bewildered,” from bewilder + -ment; meaning “thing or situation which bewilders” is from 1844.


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