American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To put at a loss as to what to think, say, or do; bewilder.
- n. A state of perplexity, confusion, or bewilderment.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A state in which one is unable to proceed or decide; a state of perplexity; a puzzled condition; inability to say or do more; puzzle: usually in the phrase at or to a nonplus.
- To perplex; puzzle; confound; put to a standstill; stop by embarrassment.
- n. A state of perplexity or bewilderment.
- v. transitive to perplex or bewilder someone; to confound or flummox
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A state or condition which baffles reason or confounds judgment; insuperable difficulty; inability to proceed or decide; puzzle; quandary.
- v. To puzzle; to confound; to perplex; to cause to stop by embarrassment.
- v. be a mystery or bewildering to
- From Latin nōn plūs ("no more, no further") (Wiktionary)
- From Latin nōn plūs, no more : nōn, not; see non- + plūs, more; see pelə-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Admiration which is the soul's "nonplus," its doing it knows not what, the winding of it up until it stands still, ready to break -- is all that we can arrive unto in the consideration hereof.”
“Providence itself to a kind of nonplus, to attemper any dispensation of it to an universal acceptance; any more than that glorious fountain of light, the sun, can shine upon all the corners of the earth at once.”
“The Insurance Companies are scum, and maybe private citizens can form competitive nonplus one profits to compete with them.”
“Which, for ‘nonplus’ v. gives ‘1. surprise and confuse; flummox 2. as adj. nonplussed unperturbed’.”
“He was so preoccupied with the effect he wished to produce, that a practical joke, Blondet, had bet once or twice, and won the wager, that he could nonplus him at any moment by merely looking fixedly at his hair, or his boots, or the tails of his coats.”
“But Sir Condy all this time, and a great while afterwards, was at a terrible nonplus; for he had no liking, not he, to stage-plays, nor to Miss Isabella either — to his mind, as it came out over a bowl of whisky-punch at home, his little Judy”
“Kirk was happy to claim extraordinary knowledge and nonplus Perrit and I've never seen him since back off this comment or apologize for its inaccuracy.”
“You'll remember in his 2002 debate with Democratic candidate Hank Perritt, he used his military background and supposed extra insider information to nonplus Prof.”
“The nominee remains nonplus, but his better half bears the better part of the burden.”
“Is it not surprising that the language of Mr. Petulengro and of Tawno Chikno is continually coming to my assistance whenever I appear to be at a nonplus with respect to the derivation of crabbed words?”
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