Definition of Perplex

1. Verb. Be a mystery or bewildering to. "The good news will perplex her"; "This question really stuck me"




2. Verb. Make more complicated. "There was a new development that complicated the matter"
Exact synonyms: Complicate
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Complexify, Embrangle, Snarl, Snarl Up
Derivative terms: Complication, Complication, Complication, Complication
Antonyms: Simplify

Definition of Perplex

1. v. t. To involve; to entangle; to make intricate or complicated, and difficult to be unraveled or understood; as, to perplex one with doubts.

2. a. Intricate; difficult.

Definition of Perplex

1. Verb. (transitive) To cause to feel baffled; to puzzle. ¹

2. Adjective. (obsolete) intricate; difficult ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Perplex

1. to make mentally uncertain [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Perplex

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perpetuate
perpetuated
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perpetuations
perpetuator
perpetuators
perpetude
perpetuities
perpetuity
perphenazine
perphenazines
perplection
perplex (current term)
perplexed
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perplexingness
perplexion
perplexities
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perplexiveness
perplexly

Literary usage of Perplex

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1. English Synonymes Explained in Alphabetical Order: With Copious by George Crabb (1826)
"Pecuniary difficulties embarrass, or contending feelings produce embarrassment : contrary counsels or interests perplex : law-suits entangle, Steadiness of ..."

2. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1889)
"Probably a variant of " fluiu- mux," to perplex or hinder. ... to (popular), to perplex, confound, bewilder. My 'pinion is, Sammy, that if your governor ..."

3. A new dictionary of the English language by Charles Richardson (1839)
"UN-perplex,* v. To free from, to remove entanglement, intricacy, embarrassment.—'Donne. Locke. UN-PICK, ». -ABLE.* To remove by picking or pecking ; by any ..."

4. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"word kittle, to puzzle or perplex. " A kittle of fish" is also suggestive of a " muddle," the term being derived, we are told, from the apparatus of pulleys ..."

5. The Works of Jeremy Bentham by Jeremy Bentham, John Bowring (1843)
"FALLACIES OF CONFUSION, THE OBJECT OF WHICH IS, TO perplex, WHEN DISCUSSION CAN NO LONGER BE AVOIDED. ..."

6. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. by Edward Gibbon (1821)
"... we may comprehend the adventurers of less considerable tribes, whose obscure and uncouth names would only serve to oppress the memory, and perplex the ..."

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