bewildering

[ bih-wil-der-ing ]SEE DEFINITION OF bewildering
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No lawful passion can ever be so bewildering or ecstatic as an unlawful one.

The case of Yates was by all odds the most complex and bewildering of the four.

There were such a bewildering lot of them, now that I had pried open my eyes.

Broken, bewildering, vague, an echo that answers to nothing!

And to avoid the bewildering depths into which we were led, we suggested a stroll on the sands.

But the situation aloft was bewildering and very, very ominous.

He had a habit of jumping from one subject to another which was bewildering.

The noise was bewildering as it echoed among the barren hills and rocks.

All the paths were mazes and the lines of them bewildering to his eyes.

It was that bewildering change of mood which he could never hope to follow.

WORD ORIGIN

1680s, from be- "thoroughly" + archaic wilder "lead astray, lure into the wilds," probably a back-formation of wilderness. An earlier word with the same sense was bewhape (early 14c.). Related: Bewildered; bewildering; bewilderingly.

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