V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to confuse utterly or to baffle; 2. to disorient or overwhelm because of complexity or number
Synonyms: confuse, baffle, bemuse, perplex, puzzle, disorient, disconcert
Antonyms: illuminate, enlighten
Tips: Bewilder is a synonym for another Power Word, bemuse. However, bemuse also means "to preoccupy," while bewilder's second meaning is "to disorient or disconcert."
Although John never seemed to get lost himself, his directions were known to bewilder others, often using what seemed like code words and obsolete landmarks. (disorient, confuse)
Nothing can bewilder a teenage boy as thoroughly as a teenage girl. (baffle, confuse, bemuse)
Jane was bewildered by her daughter's sudden mood swings, which seemed to occur for no reason. (baffled, perplexed) adjective
We were all bewildered by the client's remarks and couldn't tell whether he was happy with our work, or not. (confused, puzzled) adjective
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