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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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