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baffle -- as in: baffled him
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to completely confuse someone
  • She looked baffled by the question.
  • Doctors are baffled by her symptoms.
  • His memory loss was baffling in its complexity.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Once again his memory wipe baffled him.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner

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  • But then, bafflement was pretty typical where I was concerned.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • He stared at her in obvious bafflement.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • It was Reynie who noticed this — that Constance, with a look of anxious bafflement, had begun to crouch down as if to protect herself from an attack.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • "Bafflement," I said.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • Denny glanced toward his seatmate, half expecting to exchange a look of bafflement, but to his horror, he discovered that the boy was crying.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • The heat hung close and sticky in the hallway; it was heat unreasonably intense even for the summer evening—adding bafflement to the chagrin with which I was already overwhelmed—and for an instant I thought there must be a conflagration lurking behind the pink walls until I suddenly spied Morris Fink crouched in one corner, laboring over a steaming radiator.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • I looked down in bafflement at the wooden platter before me, empty but for a smear of grease and a forlorn boiled onion.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The Angel’s obvious bafflement emboldened Simon.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Arthur looked backward and forward between them in bafflement.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Asian children, by contrast, don’t feel nearly that same bafflement.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • There are simply hundreds of disheveled men staring in bafflement at the pitched tents of another circus.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • I shook my head in bafflement.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Then the bafflement too flowed away.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Because his unexpected absence from the head of the line had a bearing on the day’s outcome, his decision to short-rope Pittman provoked criticism and bafflement after the fact.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • To Carla’s bafflement, those cars had names beyond the names of their color or size.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • Florence smiled inwardly a small, malicious smile, watching his slow bafflement, and panic, and rage; and she looked at her mother again.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • What most observers failed to perceive in him was something quite bafflingly simple—a love of quietness, contemplation, and being alone.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • To Jace’s bafflement, Valentine touched the side of Sebastian’s face, a quick, undisguisedly affectionate gesture, before turning away and moving toward the far end of the cavern, where thick clots of shadows gathered.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Sarah stared at him in bafflement.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • The day’s developments had led to nothing but bafflement.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • He just walked on, erect, with the new hat cocked and carrying in his hand now that which must have seemed to them the final gratuitous bafflement and even insult, with the committee riding along in the street beside him and not quite parallel, and others who did not happen to have horses at the moment joining in and following the committee in the road, and ladies and children and women slaves coming to the doors and windows of the homes as they passed to watch as they went on in grim…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • It was that, the bafflement that came of talking with a man without visible emotions, that urged Clumly on.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Frederic looked at him a moment in bafflement, then realized what was expected and tucked the amulet into his shirt.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • The trouble was that there really was no end to the quotidian details of upper-class American life bafflingly new to Michael Oher.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • He caught bafflement, discomfort and, he thought, a trace of embarrassment in her eyes as he brushed a light kiss over her knuckles.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Neither could I endure the reality of her despair, her unstated bafflement as to what had happened to her brother’s life, and her own.
    James Baldwin  --  Notes of a Native Son
  • With a great cry of rage and bafflement Eugene tried to free himself.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Nettle, his front teeth resting on his lower lip in a look of kindly rodent bafflement, let him finish and said, "I knew it.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Minho squinched up his eyes and pulled his head back, as if he were baffled by Newt’s question.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Thomas was baffled by this girl—first the connection he’d felt to her from the very beginning, then the mind-speaking, now this.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • He was completely baffled by what Gaily was saying.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Newt looked completely baffled and finally broke the silence.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Bafflement…. good word.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • It wasn’t fatigue so much as bafflement that assaulted Eve when she stepped into Roarke’s shower in the early hours of the morning.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Thus began the remarkable dialogue Batavia Chief of Police Fred Clumly would play over and over later, with confused feelings of bafflement and rage and sorrow.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • In answer to Clumly’s look of bafflement he merely shrugged.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • And join the conspiracy, from bafflement: yes: we’re the world, there’s no denying it: we’re old: and whatever it is that the world has done to them, it was us, we did it, whatever it was.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • That was the general drift of public commentary from NFL insiders: bafflement.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • I came here where faces full of bafflement and hunger and eagerness waited for me, waiting to believe; I did not see them.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • He felt, rather than understood, the waste, the confusion, the blind cruelty of their lives—his spirit was stretched out on the rack of despair and bafflement as there came to him more and more the conviction that their lives could not be more hopelessly distorted, wrenched, mutilated, and perverted away from all simple comfort, repose, happiness, if they set themselves deliberately to tangle the skein, twist the pattern.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • He knew very well how absurd he must look, oh yes, yes, he understood their bafflement—the Chief of Police standing there weeping, crying his heart out, for a man he’d been hunting Like a wild animal for days and days and days.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • …wrinkle to show—the same smooth, almost girlish face on the pillow (though Miss Rosa now discovered that Ellen had been dyeing her hair evidently for years), the same almost plump soft (though now unringed) hands on the coverlet, and only the bafflement in the dark uncomprehending eyes to indicate anything of present life by which to postulate approaching death as she asked the seventeen-year-old sister (Henry up to now was just vanished, his birthright voluntarily repudiated; he had…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
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as in: baffled him Define
to completely confuse someone
as in: acoustic baffle Define
something constructed to control the flow of sound or fluid
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