Definitions

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  • n. Quality of being perplexed; bafflement; confusion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Perplexity.

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Examples

  • For whensoever we would proceed beyond these simple ideas we have from sensation and reflection, and dive further into the nature of things, we fall presently into darkness and obscurity, perplexedness and difficulties, and can discover nothing further but our own blindness and ignorance.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • Talmudists, who say that there is so little harm in that manner of searching the truth, that in the anxiety and perplexedness of human wits God oftentimes manifesteth the secret pleasure of his divine will.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • She picked little strips of wood from the box, smiling in her perplexedness.

    Cry, the Beloved Country

  • And we might have gone on for hours enjoying the spectacle of his confusion and perplexedness, but Noël happened to sneeze – the least thing gives him cold and he sneezes louder for his age than any one I know – just when Archibald was on the landing underneath.

    New Treasure Seekers

  • And we might have gone on for hours enjoying the spectacle of his confusion and perplexedness, but Noël happened to sneeze -- the least thing gives him cold and he sneezes louder for his age than any one I know -- just when Archibald was on the landing underneath.

    New Treasure Seekers or, The Bastable Children in Search of a Fortune

  • 'Because of public opinion,' said Blue Mantle, rubbing his nose in an angry sort of perplexedness.

    The Magic World

  • Those that speak of the things of God should carefully avoid all obscurity and perplexedness both of notion and expression, and speak as plainly and clearly as they can; for by that it will appear that they do themselves understand what they speak of, that they mean honestly, and design the edification of those they speak to.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • In doing whereof he did not stray from the sense of Talmudists, who say that there is so little harm in that manner of searching the truth, that in the anxiety and perplexedness of human wits God oftentimes manifesteth the secret pleasure of his divine will.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 3

  • (how little soever they were instructive); which were not difficult to do, did they not find it convenient to shelter their ignorance or obstinacy under the obscurity and perplexedness of their terms: to which, perhaps, inadvertency and ill custom do in many men much contribute.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

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