bewilderment

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bewilderment confusion resulting from failure to understand
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bewilderment A bewildering tangle or confusion. "He . . . soon lost all traces of it amid bewilderment of tree trunks and underbrush."
    • Bewilderment The state of being bewildered.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bewilderment The state of being bewildered.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bewilderment confusion, mental confusion: perplexity
    • ***

Quotations

  • Frank Moore Colby
    Frank%20Moore%20Colby
    “Clever people seem not to feel the natural pleasure of bewilderment, and are always answering questions when the chief relish of a life is to go on asking them.”
  • James Thurber
    James%20Thurber
    “Love is the strange bewilderment that overtakes one person on account of another person.”
  • Freeman Dyson
    Freeman Dyson
    “It is characteristic of all deep human problems that they are not to be approached without some humor and some bewilderment.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pfx. be-, and prov. Eng. wildern, a wilderness.

Usage

In literature:

He frowned in bewilderment, as he again seated himself in the chair opposite his wife.
"Making People Happy" by Thompson Buchanan
Incredulity, bewilderment, pity, and despair swept over Patsy's face like clouds scudding over the surface of a clear lake.
"Seven Miles to Arden" by Ruth Sawyer
His bewilderment was painful to witness.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
The General drew a long breath, and stood looking at the doorway in utter bewilderment.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Though faith was unshaken, bewilderment oppressed her spirit.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
Bewilderment, astonishment, almost disgust, spread themselves over his features.
"The Time of Roses" by L. T. Meade
Thus he did not perceive the uncontrollable bewilderment which appeared on his companion's face.
"Captain Dieppe" by Anthony Hope
The bewilderment and helplessness continued, she was surrounded by great moving masses that must crush her.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Devoid of all emotion save bewilderment, he sat stupidly in the scout.
"Raiders Invisible" by Desmond Winter Hall
He snatched it up and read the note with fast-growing bewilderment.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
***

In poetry:

Drifted . . . drifted precipitate,
Asking time to be rid of ...
Of his bewilderment; to designate
His new found orchid. . . .
"MAUBERLEY" by Ezra Pound
Not once again the fret of heart and soul,
The loneliness and passion of King Lear;
No more bewilderment and broken words
Of wild despair and fear.
"Sir Henry Irving" by Virna Sheard

In news:

Her face, crinkled in mock bewilderment, glows across the tiny stage.
The bewilderment of the re-election of Barack Obama.
Tuesday's election yielded a time for bewilderment .
For the dog owner, loss, bewilderment and a terrible quiet.
T here is something about Sweden that provokes a mix of envy, horror, and bewilderment among American observers.
BALTIMORE, Nov 5 — In the streets here today, fans of the Orioles expressed anger, shock and bewilderment at the announcement of Manager Davey Johnson's resignation.
The topic of ROI has been a source of fear, misconception, and bewilderment in the meetings and events industry for some time.
In response to my latest item expressing bewilderment that Haley Barbour is considered a plausible Republican presidential candidate, a reader sends along this Newsweek profile from January.
My wife looks up from the newspaper with bewilderment at another story about people in the financial world or their lobbyists complaining about Wall Street reform.
Nearly all were in shock, hardly able to articulate their bewilderment.
In 1989, only a few months before I was to become, to my bewilderment, an actual head of state, I survived my own death.
'Dark Knight' director trades Batman for bewilderment.
I didn't see a single review of David Ferry's Bewilderment, and I managed to overlook it myself, too.
With just five easy steps, you can replace bewilderment with beauty.
Even with all I've seen through my job, some things still catch me off guard and leave me scratching my head in bewilderment.
***

In science:

But the quantization country is open to all willing to explore it, and while success is not guaranteed, adventure, excitement, and bewilderment are.
And free lunch for all...
We so far accepted without bewilderment that a string theoretic spacetime can have more than four dimensions.
Primordial Fluctuations in String Cosmology
***