perplexity


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per·plex·i·ty

 (pər-plĕk′sĭ-tē)
n. pl. per·plex·i·ties
1. The state of being perplexed or puzzled.
2. The state of being intricate or complicated: "the perplexity of life in twentieth-century America" (Daniel J. Boorstin).
3. Something that perplexes: the perplexities of English pronunciation.

perplexity

(pəˈplɛksɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the state of being perplexed
2. the state of being intricate or complicated
3. something that perplexes

per•plex•i•ty

(pərˈplɛk sɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state of being perplexed; bewilderment.
2. something that perplexes.
3. an entangled or confused condition or situation.
[1350–1400; Middle English perplexite < Old French < Late Latin perplexitās= Latin perplex(us) (see perplexed) + -itās -ity]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.perplexity - trouble or confusion resulting from complexity
confusedness, disarray, mental confusion, muddiness, confusion - a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior; "a confusion of impressions"
closed book, enigma, mystery, secret - something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained; "how it got out is a mystery"; "it remains one of nature's secrets"
maze, tangle, snarl - something jumbled or confused; "a tangle of government regulations"
dilemma, quandary - state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options

perplexity

noun
1. puzzlement, confusion, bewilderment, incomprehension, bafflement, mystification, stupefaction There was utter perplexity in both their expressions.
2. (usually plural) complexity, difficulty, mystery, involvement, puzzle, paradox, obscurity, enigma, intricacy, inextricability the perplexities of quantum mechanics
3. difficulty, dilemma, snarl, fix (informal), uphill (S. African), how-do-you-do (informal), can of worms (informal), knotty problem My chief perplexity was how to interpret the words.

perplexity

noun
2. Anything that arouses curiosity or perplexes because it is unexplained, inexplicable, or secret:
Translations
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perplexity

[pəˈpleksɪtɪ] Nperplejidad f, confusión f

perplexity

[pərˈplɛksɪti] nperplexité f

perplexity

n
Verblüffung f; in some perplexityverblüfft, verdutzt, perplex
(= complexity)Komplexität f; the perplexities of somethingdie Komplexität einer Sache (gen)

perplexity

[pəˈplɛksɪtɪ] nperplessità

perplex

(pəˈpleks) verb
to puzzle or confuse (someone); to make (someone) unable to understand. She was perplexed by his questions.
perˈplexed adjective
perˈplexedly (-ˈpleksid-) adverb
perˈplexity noun
She stood there in perplexity.
References in classic literature ?
Meg, dear, be prudent, watch over your sisters, consult Hannah, and in any perplexity, go to Mr.
When we got up to go, Peter looked about in perplexity for something that would entertain us.
suggested the arch deceiver, with a sudden affected but pretty perplexity of eye, brow, and lips.
Nay, please your worship," answered the man, in much perplexity, but with a backwardness that strikingly indicated the hard and severe character of Colonel Pyncheon's domestic rule; "my master's orders were exceeding strict; and, as your worship knows, he permits of no discretion in the obedience of those who owe him service.
With her mind harassed by the terrible perplexity in which the shipmaster's intelligence involved her, she was also subjected to another trial.
All these, however, were mere terrors of the night, phantoms of the mind that walk in darkness; and though he had seen many spectres in his time, and been more than once beset by Satan in divers shapes, in his lonely perambulations, yet daylight put an end to all these evils; and he would have passed a pleasant life of it, in despite of the Devil and all his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins, and the whole race of witches put together, and that was--a woman.
I think that all this indirectly proceeds from the helpless perplexity of volition, in which their divided and diametrically opposite powers of vision must involve them.
he demanded; and the child looked at him in perplexity.
They who have been traveling long on the steppes of Tartary say, "On re-entering cultivated lands, the agitation, perplexity, and turmoil of civilization oppressed and suffocated us; the air seemed to fail us, and we felt every moment as if about to die of asphyxia.
My men are being restored to health and strength, my main perplexity, now, was how to get them down the mountain again.
The school stared in perplexity at this incredible folly.
It is strange," replied Elinor, in a most painful perplexity, "that I should never have heard him even mention your name.