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Pronunciation: [bˈafə͡lz] (IPA)

The word baffles refers to something that confuses, perplexes or puzzles. However, if you're looking to add a bit of variety to your writing, there are a number of synonyms you can use instead of baffles. For instance, bewilder, flummox, mystify, perplex and stump all capture the essence of something that leaves people feeling confused or uncertain. Other possible alternatives might include words like confound, puzzle, confute, discombobulate or even nonpluss. Although all of these words have slightly different connotations, they can all be used to describe something that has left you perplexed, struggling for answers or feeling uncertain about what to do next.

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Usage examples for Baffles

It is quite true the reality has come in the death of Christ, and symbol has passed away; but there is such a depth of Divine love, and so various a fulfilment of Divine purpose in the death of Christ, that we cannot be surprised that it baffles comprehension.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of St. John, Vol. I"
Marcus Dods
It was a face which baffles the powers of description, just as a sunset sky laughs to scorn the brush of the ablest painter.
"Only One Love, or Who Was the Heir"
Charles Garvice
He then takes refuge in silence, and endeavours to slip past unseen and unheard; but the spaniel's power of scent baffles that.
"Wild Life in a Southern County"
Richard Jefferies

Famous quotes with Baffles

  • Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity, than straightforward and simple integrity in another.
    Charles Caleb Colton
  • Nothing so completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity himself, than straightforward and simple integrity in another.
    Charles Caleb Colton
  • Goethe, as lately quoted by Matthew Arnold, said those who have science and art have religion; and added, let those who have not science and art have the popular faith; let them have this escape, because the others are closed to them. Without any hold upon the ideal, or any insight into the beauty and fitness of things, the people turn from the tedium and the grossness and prosiness of daily life, to look for the divine, the sacred, the saving, in the wonderful, the miraculous, and in that which baffles reason. The disciples of Jesus thought of the kingdom of heaven as some external condition of splendor and pomp and power which was to be ushered in by hosts of trumpeting angels, and the Son of man in great glory, riding upon the clouds, and not for one moment as the still small voice within them. To find the divine and the helpful in the mean and familiar, to find religion without the aid of any supernatural machinery, to see the spiritual, the eternal life in and through the life that now is--in short, to see the rude, prosy earth as a star in the heavens, like the rest, is indeed the lesson of all others the hardest to learn.
    John Burroughs
  • When I look up at the starry heavens at night and reflect upon what it is that I really see there, I am constrained to say, "There is no God." The mind staggers in its attempt to grasp the idea of a being that could do that. It is futile to attempt it. It is not the works of some God that I see there. I am face to face with a power that baffles speech. I see no lineaments of personality, no human traits, but an energy upon whose currents solar systems are but bubbles. In the presence of it man and the race of man are less than motes in the air. I doubt if any mind can expand its conception of God sufficiently to meet the astounding disclosures of modern science. It is easier to say there is no God. The universe is so unhuman, that is, it goes its way with so little thought of man. He is but an incident, not an end. We must adjust our notions to the discovery that things are not shaped to him, but that he is shaped to them. The air was not made for his lungs, but he has lungs because there is air; the light was not created for his eye, but he has eyes because there is light. All the forces of nature are going their own way; man avails himself of them, or catches a ride as best he can. If he keeps his seat he prospers; if he misses his hold and falls he is crushed.
    John Burroughs
  • The mark of the truly civilized is their (truly baffling to the likes of you and me) patience with what truly baffles.
    Samuel R. Delany

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