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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.
A state of bewilderment or perplexity.
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.
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confused and unsure how to react
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|Adj.||1.||nonplussed - 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"
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adjective taken aback, stunned, confused, embarrassed, puzzled, astonished, stumped, dismayed, baffled, bewildered, astounded, confounded, perplexed, disconcerted, mystified, fazed, dumbfounded, discomfited, flummoxed, discountenanced Patricia was totally nonplussed by Coyne's behaviour.
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orîlaus; klumsa, hlessa
nonplussed[ˌnɒnˈplʌst] adj → perplexenon-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
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nonplussed[ˈnɒnˈplʌst] adj → sconcertato/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
completely puzzled; bewildered. verbouereerd يُحَيِّر، يُذْهِل смайян perplexo rozpačitý, zmatený verdutzt desorienteret σαστισμένος, αποσβολωμένοςperplejo hämmingus کاملا گیج ymmällään déroutéהמום प्रवासी smeten, zbunjen paff bingung, tercengang orðlaus; klumsa, hlessa disorientato, perplesso 途方にくれた 난처한 pasimetęs, suglumintas apmulsis; neziņā kebingungan verbijsterd helt paff, perpleks skonfundowany سراسر ګنګس pexplexo zăpăcit озадаченный; смущённый zmätený, v rozpakoch zmeden zbunjen svarslös, paff, ställd ประหลาดใจอย่างที่สุด şaşırmış, şaşkın 困惑茫然的，不知所措的 збентежений بھونچکا، حيران bối rối 陷于窘境的，不知所措的
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