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 ?
Dashwood could penetrate, and at last, without saying a word, quitted the room, and walked out towards the village--leaving the others in the greatest astonishment and perplexity on a change in his situation, so wonderful and so sudden;--a perplexity which they had no means of lessening but by their own conjectures.
All his efforts to draw her into open discussion she confronted with a barrier which he could not penetrate, made up of a sort of amused perplexity.
I understood why the sweet sensitive lips smiled so rarely and so restrainedly now, and why the clear blue eyes looked at me, sometimes with the pity of an angel, sometimes with the innocent perplexity of a child.
In my doubt and perplexity, in my vague suspicion of something hidden which I was left to find by my own unaided efforts, I examined Miss Halcombe's looks and manner for enlightenment.
That was not particularly well; for he remained in the greatest perplexity, and, as the hours went on, and no kind of explanation offered itself, his perplexity augmented at compound interest.
Harthouse's face lengthened in spite of his coolness, and his perplexity increased.
Yea, this ego, with its contradiction and perplexity, speaketh most uprightly of its being--this creating, willing, evaluing ego, which is the measure and value of things.
he demanded; and the child looked at him in perplexity.
When we got up to go, Peter looked about in perplexity for something that would entertain us.
These disorders of the circulating medium were a source of endless plague and perplexity to the rulers and legislators, not only in Governor Belcher's days, but for many years before and afterwards.
Her eyes had in them a strange perplexity, and perhaps -- but why?
In my perplexity I did not know whose aid and advice to seek.