Perplex
Perplex Per*plex", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Perplexed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Perplexing}.] [L. perplexari. See {Perplex}, a.] 1. To involve; to entangle; to make intricate or complicated, and difficult to be unraveled or understood; as, to perplex one with doubts. [1913 Webster]

No artful wildness to perplex the scene. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

What was thought obscure, perplexed, and too hard for our weak parts, will lie open to the understanding in a fair view. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

2. To embarrass; to puzzle; to distract; to bewilder; to confuse; to trouble with ambiguity, suspense, or anxiety. ``Perplexd beyond self-explication.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

We are perplexed, but not in despair. --2 Cor. iv. 8. [1913 Webster]

We can distinguish no general truths, or at least shall be apt to perplex the mind. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

3. To plague; to vex; to tormen. --Glanvill. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To entangle; involve; complicate; embarrass; puzzle; bewilder; confuse; distract. See {Embarrass}. [1913 Webster]


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  • perplex — PERPLÉX, Ă, perplecşi, xe, adj. (Despre oameni) Surprins, uimit, uluit (şi nedumerit); încurcat, dezorientat, năuc. năucit, ♦ (Despre atitudinea, manifestările oamenilor) Care arată, exprimă, trădează perplexitate. – Din fr. perplexe, lat.… …   Dicționar Român

  • perplex — Adj erw. fremd. Erkennbar fremd (17. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. perplexe, dieses aus l. perplexus wirr durcheinander, verflochten, verschlungen , zu l. plectere flechten und l. per .    Ebenso nndl. perplex, ne. perplexed, nfrz. perplexe …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • perplex — Adj. (Oberstufe) ugs.: voll sprachlosem Erstaunen, verblüfft Synonyme: baff, erstaunt, sprachlos, überrascht, verdutzt, platt (ugs.) Beispiel: Ich war perplex über sein Liebesgeständnis und wusste nicht, was ich sagen soll. Kollokation: jmdn.… …   Extremes Deutsch

  • perplex — [pər pleks′] vt. [< ME perplex, perplexed < MFr perplexe < L perplexus, entangled, confused, involved < per, through + plexus, pp. of plectere, to twist, plait: see PLY1] 1. to make (a person) uncertain, doubtful, or hesitant;… …   English World dictionary

  • Perplex — Per*plex , a. [L. perplexus entangled, intricate; per + plectere, plexum, to plait, braid: cf. F. perplexe. See {Per }, and {Plait}.] Intricate; difficult. [Obs.] Glanvill. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Perplex — (v. lat.), bestürzt, verlegen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Perpléx — (lat.), bestürzt, verblüfft …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Perpléx — (lat.), bestürzt, verblüfft …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Perplex — Perplex, lat. deutsch, verwirrt, verlegen …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • perplex — I verb baffle, bedevil, bemuse, beset, bewilder, bother, complicate, confound, confuse, corner, discompose, disconcert, disorient, disquiet, distrahere, disturb, embarrass, encumber, entangle, fill with doubt, fog, involve, make difficult, make… …   Law dictionary

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