American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To confuse or trouble with uncertainty or doubt. See Synonyms at puzzle.
- v. To make confusedly intricate; complicate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Intricate; difficult.
- n. A difficulty; an entanglement; something hard to understand; a perplexity.
- To make intricate; involve; entangle; make complicated and difficult to be understood or unraveled.
- To embarrass; puzzle; distract; bewilder; trouble with suspense, anxiety, or ambiguity.
- Synonyms To complicate, tangle, snarl.
- Puzzle, etc. (see embarrass), confuse, harass, pose, nonplus, put to a stand, mystify.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To involve; to entangle; to make intricate or complicated, and difficult to be unraveled or understood.
- v. To embarrass; to puzzle; to distract; to bewilder; to confuse; to trouble with ambiguity, suspense, or anxiety.
- v. To plague; to vex; to tormen.
- adj. obsolete Intricate; difficult.
- v. be a mystery or bewildering to
- v. make more complicated
- From Old French, from Latin perplexus ("entangled, confused"), from per ("through") + plexus, perfect passive participle of plectō ("plait, weave, braid"). (Wiktionary)
- Back-formation from Middle English perplexed, puzzled; see perplexed. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Thus, our "unfinished feeling" represents in itself an obscure demand for a resolution of the unadjusted; it corresponds to that inner compulsion which operates upon the imperfect consciousness of the dreamer, or upon the mentality of any person seeking the solution of a problem or "perplex," either asleep, or awake -- as I trust you all still remain.”
“The resulting image is compelling, perplex and idiosyncratic; a pagan Catholic Cirque du Soleil.”
“It would be useless and unkind to perplex you with my literary troubles.”
“What I am going to write I know will only perplex you, and yet I must of course tell you.”
“Despite its prevalence, the condition still seems to perplex many people.”
“If there ever is a message from SETI it will be an alien one cup coffee maker brand name that will perplex the scientific community for centuries.”
“It doesn't help that we live in a time with infinite choices, information and potential directions -- which can perplex the most focused people.”
“They're complicated, and the complications both perplex and suit them.”
“Indeed, I couldn't even work out how to remove the sides on Georgia's cot in order to turn it into a "big-girl bed", I had to wait for Cam to do it screwdrivers perplex me.”
“Yet the striker continues to perplex and bemuse in equal measure.”
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