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"

perplexing

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 ?
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