perplexing


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per·plex

 (pər-plĕks′)
tr.v. per·plexed, per·plex·ing, per·plex·es
1. To confuse or trouble with uncertainty or doubt.
2. To make confusedly intricate; complicate: poorly informed opinions that only perplex the subject.

[Back-formation from Middle English perplexed, puzzled; see perplexed.]

per·plex′ing·ly adv.
Synonyms: perplex, mystify, bewilder, confound, puzzle
These verbs mean to cause bafflement or confusion. Perplex stresses uncertainty or anxiety, as over reaching an understanding or finding a solution: "No subject at the Philadelphia convention had perplexed the delegates more than the mode of choosing the president" (Susan Dunn).
Mystify implies something inexplicable by conventional understanding: "Galileo was mystified by the disappearance of the two smaller bodies accompanying Saturn along its orbit" (Eric Burgess).
Bewilder emphasizes extreme mental confusion: " We human beings are ... bewildered when trying to imagine a world with more than three dimensions" (Paul Davies).
To confound is to confuse and astonish: God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise (I Corinthians 1:27).
Puzzle suggests difficulty in solving or interpreting something: "The poor creature puzzled me once ... by a question merely natural and innocent" (Daniel Defoe).

perplexing

(pəˈplɛksɪŋ)
adj
puzzling
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.perplexing - lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity; "sent confusing signals to Iraq"; "perplexing to someone who knew nothing about it"; "a puzzling statement"
unclear - not clear to the mind; "the law itself was unclear on that point"; "the reason for their actions is unclear to this day"

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Translations

perplexing

[pəˈpleksɪŋ] ADJ [person] → desconcertante; [issue, question, problem] → complicado
it's all very perplexinges todo muy complicado

perplexing

[pərˈplɛksɪŋ] adj [problem, question, affair] → mystérieux/euse
The rules of cricket are perplexing to most people → Les règles du cricket sont mystérieuses pour la plupart de gens.

perplexing

adjverblüffend

perplexing

[pəˈplɛksɪŋ] adjche lascia perplesso/a
References in classic literature ?
He seemed to find this case very perplexing, and said if it had not been for grandfather he would have sworn out a warrant against Krajiek.
It offered an admirable opportunity for a shopping expedition, a change of scene, and a peaceful solution of their perplexing and anomalous social relations with Devil's Ford.
His professional brethren, each for himself, adopted various hypotheses, more or less plausible, but all dressed out in a perplexing mystery of phrase, which, if it do not show a bewilderment of mind in these erudite physicians, certainly causes it in the unlearned peruser of their opinions.
A full hour before the party reached the city they had begun to note the perplexing changes in the atmosphere.
A person who has not studied German can form no idea of what a perplexing language it is.
I now understood what had been to me a most perplexing difficulty--to wit, the white man's power to enslave the black man.
Her voice was not unsteady; but her mind was in all the perturbation that such a development of self, such a burst of threatening evil, such a confusion of sudden and perplexing emotions, must create.
As to his shirt-collar, and his coat-collar, they were perplexing to reflect upon - insoluble mysteries both.
How fully hast thou satisfi'd mee, pure Intelligence of Heav'n, Angel serene, And freed from intricacies, taught to live, The easiest way, nor with perplexing thoughts To interrupt the sweet of Life, from which God hath bid dwell farr off all anxious cares, And not molest us, unless we our selves Seek them with wandring thoughts, and notions vaine.
Even to me, a Mathematician of no mean standing, and the Grandfather of two most hopeful and perfectly regular Hexagons, to find myself in the midst of a crowd of rotating Polygons of the higher classes, is occasionally very perplexing.
I dwell, even at the risk of tedium, on John's minutest errors, his case being so perplexing to the moralist; but we have done with them now, the roll is closed, the reader has the worst of our poor hero, and I leave him to judge for himself whether he or John has been the less deserving.
In vain did Franz endeavor to forget the many perplexing thoughts which assailed him; in vain did he court the refreshment of sleep.