Perplexity Per*plex"i*ty, n.; pl. {Perplexities}. [L. perplexitas: cf. F. perplexit['e].] The quality or state of being perplexed or puzzled; complication; intricacy; entanglement; distraction of mind through doubt or difficulty; embarrassment; bewilderment; doubt. [1913 Webster]

By their own perplexities involved, They ravel more. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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