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perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfoundverb
be a mystery or bewildering to
"This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"
make more complicated
"There was a new development that complicated the matter"
To cause to feel baffled; to puzzle.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Intricate; difficult. Perplexed is the word in use.
Etymology: perplex, Lat. perplexus, Lat.
How the soul directs the spirits for the motion of the body, according to the several animal exigents, is perplex in the theory. Joseph Glanvill, Scept.
Etymology: perplenus, Latin.
Being greatly perplexed in his mind, he determined to go into Persia. 1 Mac. iii. 31.
Themselves with doubts they day and night perplex. John Denham.
He perplexes the minds of the fair sex with nice speculations of philosophy, when he should engage their hearts. Dryden.
We can distinguish no general truths, or at least shall be apt to perplex the mind. John Locke.
Lies through the perplex’d paths of this drear wood. John Milton.
We both are involv’d
In the same intricate perplext distress. Joseph Addison, Cato.
What was thought obscure, perplexed, and too hard for our weak parts, will lie open to the understanding in a fair view. John Locke.
Chloe’s the wonder of her sex,
’Tis well her heart is tender,
How might such killing eyes perplex,
With virtue to defend her. George Granville.
to involve; to entangle; to make intricate or complicated, and difficult to be unraveled or understood; as, to perplex one with doubts
to embarrass; to puzzle; to distract; to bewilder; to confuse; to trouble with ambiguity, suspense, or anxiety
to plague; to vex; to tormen
Etymology: [L. perplexus entangled, intricate; per + plectere, plexum, to plait, braid: cf. F. perplexe. See Per-, and Plait.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
per-pleks′, v.t. to make difficult to be understood: to embarrass: to puzzle: to tease with suspense or doubt.—n. (obs.) a difficulty.—adv. Perplex′edly.—n. Perplex′edness.—adj. Perplex′ing.—adv. Perplex′ingly.—n. Perplex′ity, state of being perplexed: confusion of mind arising from doubt, &c.: intricacy: embarrassment: doubt. [Fr.,—L. perplexus, entangled—per, completely, plexus, involved, pa.p. of plectĕre.]
The numerical value of perplex in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of perplex in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of perplex in a Sentence
The working-class is now issuing from its hiding-place to assert an Englishman's heaven-born privilege of doing as he likes, and is beginning to perplex us by marching where it likes, meeting where it likes, bawling what it likes, breaking what it likes.
Sick I am of idle words, past all reconciling, Words that weary and perplex and pander and conceal, Wake the sounds that cannot lie, for all their sweet beguiling The language one need fathom not, but only hear and feel.
Sick I am of idle words, past all reconciling, Words that weary and perplex and pander and conceal, Wake the sounds that cannot lie, for all their sweet beguiling; The language one need fathom not, but only hear and feel.
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