Perplex meaning

pər-plĕks
To perplex is defined as to confuse or complicate.

An example of perplex is to challenge a class with a very difficult question.

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To confuse or trouble with uncertainty or doubt.
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(obsolete) Intricate; difficult.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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To make confusedly intricate; complicate.

Poorly informed opinions that only perplex the subject.

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To make (a person) uncertain, doubtful, or hesitant; confuse; puzzle.
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To make intricate or complicated; make confusing or hard to understand.

To perplex an issue.

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To cause to feel baffled; to puzzle.
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To involve; to entangle; to make intricate or complicated.
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Origin of perplex

  • Back-formation from Middle English perplexed puzzled perplexed

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French, from Latin perplexus (“entangled, confused"), from per (“through") + plexus, perfect passive participle of plectō (“plait, weave, braid").

    From Wiktionary