befuddlement

[ bih-fuhd-l ]SEE DEFINITION OF befuddlement
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But their befuddlement was only a tithe of that which struck Cleigh an hour later.

The befuddlement of Antoine and the waiter who assisted him added to the general joy.

She had only added to his befuddlement and he bent forward, soliciting some more lucid statement of her position.

WORD ORIGIN

"confuse," 1873, from be- + fuddle; originally "to confuse with strong drink or opium" (by 1832). An earlier word in the same sense was begunk (1725). Related: Befuddled; befuddling.

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