bewilder

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bewilder be a mystery or bewildering to "This beats me!","Got me--I don't know the answer!","a vexing problem","This question really stuck me"
    • v bewilder cause to be confused emotionally
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Bewilder To lead into perplexity or confusion, as for lack of a plain path; to perplex with mazes; or in general, to perplex or confuse greatly. "Lost and bewildered in the fruitless search."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bewilder To confuse as to direction or situation; cause to lose the proper road or course: as, the intricacy of the streets bewildered him; to be bewildered in the woods.
    • bewilder To lead into perplexity or confusion; perplex; puzzle; confuse.
    • bewilder Synonyms To confound, confuse,mystify, nonplus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Bewilder be-wil′dėr to perplex or lead astray
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Quotations

  • Al Capp
    Al Capp
    “Abstract Art: A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.”
  • Calvin Coolidge
    Calvin%20Coolidge
    “When people are bewildered they tend to become credulous.”
  • Edith Wharton
    Edith%20Wharton
    “After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “The faces of most American women over thirty are relief maps of petulant and bewildered unhappiness.”
  • Logan Pearsall Smith
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    “The old know what they want; the young are sad and bewildered.”
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    “No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. be-, + wilder,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pfx. be-, and prov. Eng. wildern, a wilderness.

Usage

In literature:

She tossed the photograph back into the kit-bag, bewildered, uneasy.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
My meditations had been ardently pursued, and, when I recalled my attention, I found myself bewildered among fields and fences.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
The little boat moved on steadily up the stream, her sturdy oarsmen pulling at a measured stroke through the bewildering fog.
"The Von Toodleburgs" by F. Colburn Adams
It sounded to her bewildered senses like a cracked, discordant laugh.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
New faces, new names, new tricks tended to bewilder him.
"Never-Fail Blake" by Arthur Stringer
You probably talk to Thomas about things he doesn't understand, and it bewilders him.
"Franklin Kane" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Filmy skirts, and bewildering ruffles of cobwebby lace.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
The bewildered infielders knew they were being played with.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
The sternest and most bewildering fighting took place round a building known as the "mayor's house," surrounded by a coppice-wood.
"Deeds that Won the Empire" by W. H. Fitchett
Rose clasped her hands, and stood bewildered.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
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In poetry:

Thy brow was like the silver
On the star-lit sea;
Thy bright eyes did bewilder
All, as me.
"Love Without Hope" by James Avis Bartley
Bewildered by that wonder,
The grasses tremble under
The thing they do not know.
I tremble even so.
"The Kiss" by Mary Carolyn Davies
Shadow and mingled mist--and then
Vanish to wing
Still the bewildering night-fen,
Where the waves ring.
"Storm-Ebb" by Cale Young Rice
A dreadful darkness closes in
On my bewildered mind;
O let me suffer and not sin,
Be tortured yet resigned.
"Last Lines" by Anne Bronte
One opened long ago, and I
A vagrant soul, slipped through,
Bewildered and forgetting all
The wider world I knew.
"The Town Between" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
Bewildered was the warm earth
With whistling and sighs,
And a young foal spoke all his heart
With diamonds for eyes.
"You And Yellow Air" by John Shaw Neilson

In news:

If you're bewildered about when you should come to New York this August to hook up with the customers and/or vendors appropriate to your line of business, you are in good company.
'Brave to the bitter end ': Bewildered family and friends say farewell to 'angelic' Randolph teen.
The only part of the video display market that offers a more potentially bewildering choice of types and styles than the displays themselves is the area of mounting systems.
Instead of striding, they shuffled into an auditorium on the campus of the University of Massachusetts as if they were the bewildered colonels of a vanquished army.
Evangelical leaders say they are bewildered and stunned by the Rev.
At School 35, teacher Michael Ram's fourth-graders take turns standing in front of the class and acting out the meanings of vocabulary words: bewildered.
The Minnesota Wild were bewildered by their latest loss.
A breathtaking and bewildering All Blacks performance.
12 Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi has long been obsessed with capturing the bewilderingly diverse music of his country on film, as he did in his 2010 film No One Knows About Persian Cats.
Two stock market crashes, one financial crisis and three Ponzi schemes later (Madoff, Stanford, Petters), it's understandable that consumers are bewildered when it comes to selecting a financial advisor.
RIP, JEFF MILLAR: 'Tank McNamara' co- creator Bill Hinds memorializes his good friend's 'bewildered' sense of humor.
Ever been introduced to the same person at least a dozen times and your reply, "Yes, we've already met," is greeted with a bewildered, lack-of-recognition look.
Last Sunday, letter writer Robert A Lebo of Valencia wrote that he was bewildered on election night watching millions vote for President Obama.
A new Energy Department study on increasing US natural gas exports proves this timeless lesson again, as it shows how bewildering the opposition to exporting the fuel is.
For the second time in little more than a decade, metro Denver has been convulsed by a mass murder of calculated and methodical viciousness, an act so pointless and incomprehensible that it leaves us all shaken and bewildered.
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In science:

This construct gives us a bewildering flexibility to extend the language with new control flow constructs.
A novel approach to symbolic algebra
Usually, the industry reactors are constructed so that reaction to proceed at steady stable regime. However, the development of fluctuations seriously bewilders the situation. Indeed, fluctuations of large enough size could give rise to undesirable effects such as phase transitions, change of the dynamical regime etc.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
In 1984, Jones announced the discovery of a new link invariant, which soon led to a bewildering profusion of generalizations.
Knots and Quantum Gravity: Progress and Prospects
Over the past ten years a bewildering array of diffeomorphism invariant field theories has been studied.
From topological to parametrized field theory
What is the origin of these soft terms? At first sight, supersymmetry has just introduced a bewildering array of new parameters.
Supersymmetry and the Linear Collider
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