Perplex Definition

pər-plĕks
perplexed, perplexes
verb
perplexed, perplexes
To make (a person) uncertain, doubtful, or hesitant; confuse; puzzle.
Webster's New World
To make intricate or complicated; make confusing or hard to understand.
To perplex an issue.
Webster's New World

To cause to feel baffled; to puzzle.

Wiktionary
adjective

(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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Origin of Perplex

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Back-formation from Middle English perplexed puzzled perplexed

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

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