Definitions

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  • n. The state or result of being baffled, puzzled, or confused.
  • n. Something that causes a state of confusion or puzzlement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The process or act of baffling, or of being baffled; frustration; check.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being baffled, frustrated, or thwarted in one's endeavors; want of success after repeated attempts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. confusion resulting from failure to understand

Etymologies

From baffle +‎ -ment. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Before we explore why it is that origin-of-life researchers feel the need to hide their bafflement from the public, it would be useful to demonstrate the truth of Davies observation with a recent paper by Eugene Koonin (HT to Paul Nelson).

    2007 June - Telic Thoughts

  • One clue to help ease your bafflement is that Khamani has no political or cultural power in the United States, where most Harvard students live.

    Matthew Yglesias » Hagel-Bloomberg?

  • Arne scowled in bafflement "With no attention to us?"

    REVIEW: Terraforming Earth by Jack Williamson

  • And an expression of bafflement so typical of the retarded.

    When the Bough Breaks

  • Dick shook his head in bafflement, and glanced at his watch.

    The Little Lady of the Big House, by Jack London

  • He was equable, he was to be relied upon, and withal there was a certain bafflement about him.

    Chapter 27

  • Normally, the inclusion of a Green Lantern comic written by Geoff Johns would make me scratch my head in bafflement, but I’ve seen so many unexpected people say nice things about the book that I might actually have to plop down with a copy at Barnes & Noble and see what all the fuss is about.

    From the comfort of my armchair

  • The bafflement is due to the fact that the anime’s producers compressed the content of two very dense books — Yukikaze and its sequel, Good Luck, Yukikaze — into roughly three hours of animation.

    February « 2010 « Haikasoru: Space Opera. Dark Fantasy. Hard Science.

  • Having 'small latine and lesse greeke' I depend on the translations, and I still recall my bafflement on finding that many of Martial's choicest epigrams were translated by the Loeb editor into Italian!

    languagehat.com: MARTIAL BLOG.

  • Save your "bafflement" and "worry" for the things you can actually do something about.

    Ask Amy

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