From baffle + -ment.
bafflement (countable and uncountable, plural bafflements)
- (uncountable) The state or result of being baffled, puzzled, or confused.
1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart, chapter 12, in The Bat:
- "Have you any theory about this occurrence to-night?" She watched him eagerly as she asked the question.
- He made a gesture of bafflement.
- "None whatever—it's beyond me," he confessed.
- (countable) Something that causes a state of confusion or puzzlement.
- 2005 Dec. 16, Josh Tyrangiel, "Best of 2005: Music," Time:
- The cartoon characters on the front cover, the irritatingly meaningless track names . . . make it seem like a concept album about global warming for kids. Since the lyrics remain a bafflement, it might well be.
the state or result of being baffled