bafflement

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bafflement confusion resulting from failure to understand
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bafflement The state of being baffled, frustrated, or thwarted in one's endeavors; want of success after repeated attempts.
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Usage

In literature:

He was equable, he was to be relied upon, and withal there was a certain bafflement about him.
"Martin Eden" by Jack London
He made a gesture of bafflement.
"The Bat" by Avery Hopwood
A certain melancholy, an air of bafflement, seemed to overshadow him.
"The Slowcoach" by E. V. Lucas
To her relief, the others burst out laughing at their friend's bafflement.
"The Getting of Wisdom" by Henry Handel Richardson
His intellect refused to acknowledge the possibility of discomfiture; his soul raged mightily against the hint of bafflement.
"The Crown of Life" by George Gissing
His head swam, and a sickening sense of bafflement and incompetency came over him.
"The Treasure of Heaven" by Marie Corelli
The plump man looked at the colonel in bafflement.
"Crossroads of Destiny" by Henry Beam Piper
A madness of bafflement and frustrated curiosity gripped and shook me.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
Lynch's expression was the same as that on the faces of the other two cops: complete and utter bafflement.
"Out Like a Light" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Other bafflements tormented him; here alone stood the visible, beautiful emblem of absolute discomfiture.
"John March, Southerner" by George W. Cable
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In news:

Every man who has ever rolled his eyes heavenward in apparent bafflement at this great enigma might do well to follow the example of evolutionary biologists: stop speculating and start paying attention to the evidence at hand.
Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public.
You know, I love tools , but I have a love/bafflement relationship with this one.
You know, I love tools, but I have a love/bafflement relationship with this one.
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