nonplussed


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non·plus

 (nŏn-plŭs′)
tr.v. non·plussed, non·plus·sing, non·plus·ses also non·plused or non·plus·ing or non·plus·es
1. To put at a loss as to what to think, say, or do; bewilder.
2. Usage Problem To cause to feel indifferent or bored.
n.
A state of bewilderment or perplexity.

[From Latin nōn plūs, no more : nōn, not; see non- + plūs, more; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: The verb nonplus, from the Latin phrase nōn plūs, "not more," is well established with the meaning "to surprise and bewilder." The verb and its participial adjective nonplussed often imply that the affected person is at a loss for words. This use of the word was acceptable to 90 percent of the Usage Panel in our 2013 survey in the sentence The scientists were completely nonplussed—the apparatus had not acted at all as they had expected. However, the word is frequently used to mean "to make indifferent, bore," as if the plus part of the word meant "to overcome with excitement." This usage is still controversial and should probably be avoided, since it may well be viewed as a mistake. In our 2013 survey, 57 percent of the Panel rejected the sentence The nine panelists showed little emotion during the broadcast and were generally nonplussed by the outcome. This percentage is almost unchanged from the 61 percent of the Panel who rejected the same sentence in 2001.

nonplussed

(ˌnɒnˈplʌst)
adj
confused and unsure how to react
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nonplussed - filled with bewildermentnonplussed - filled with bewilderment; "at a loss to understand those remarks"; "puzzled that she left without saying goodbye"
perplexed - full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment; "perplexed language"; "perplexed state of the world"

nonplussed

Translations
يُحَيِّر، يُذْهِل
rozpačitýzmatený
desorienteret
paff
orîlaus; klumsa, hlessa
suglumintas
apmulsisneziņā

nonplussed

[ˌnɒnˈplʌst] adjperplexenon-professional [ˌnɒnprəˈfɛʃənəl] adj [player] → amateurnon-profit nonprofit [ˌnɒnˈprɒfɪt] adj [organization] → à but non lucratifnon-profit-making [ˌnɒnˈprɒfɪtmeɪkɪŋ] adj [organization] → à but non lucratif
to be non-profit-making → être à but non lucratifnon-proliferation nonproliferation [ˌnɒnprəʊlɪfəˈreɪʃən] n [nuclear weapons] → non-prolifération fnon-proliferation treaty
ntraité m de non-proliférationnon-resident [ˌnɒnˈrɛzɪdənt] nonresident (US)
adj [worker, voter] → non résident(e)
n
The hotel restaurant is open to non-residents → Le restaurant de l'hôtel est ouvert au public.

nonplussed

[ˈnɒnˈplʌst] adjsconcertato/a

nonplussed

(nonˈplast) adjective
completely puzzled; bewildered.
References in classic literature ?
Ignorance is the parent of fear, and being completely nonplussed and confounded about the stranger, i confess i was now as much afraid of him as if it was the devil himself who had thus broken into my room at the dead of night.
H'm," I continued, a little nonplussed, "but do you really mean there is no lady staying with you?
At last, nonplussed, I tried to remember my first lessons, and to narrate our adventures in Latin, but with no better success.
But plans even the most skilfully matured are often thwarted in the outset of their application - and the restaurateur found himself nonplussed by the very first words of his visiter's speech.
Cold-blooded as she was and ready for all social emergencies, she was nonplussed how to go on.
Never before had I seen such a thing upon Mars, and for the moment I was nonplussed.
But he was quite nonplussed when the Kafir, who had sat stolidly watching the operation, asked him to put on another, saying that a "white one" would do at a pinch.
Seal was nonplussed, and stared at her with a puzzled expression, as if she could not classify her among the varieties of human beings known to her.
That's a pity, now, Josh," said Raffles, affecting to scratch his head and wrinkle his brows upward as if he were nonplussed.
The next moment he was nonplussed by the readiness of his acceptance.
But he did not have it in him to be angry with the love-master, and when that god elected to laugh at him in a good- natured, bantering way, he was nonplussed.
In short, had she been asked to give one reason for the existence of men on the earth, she would have been nonplussed for a reply.