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."

Usage Examples:

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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