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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).


in a perplexing manner


advverwirrend; a perplexingly difficult problemein schwieriges und verwirrendes Problem
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It was a long time before he could steady his nerves to answer my questions, and then he answered perplexingly and brokenly.
This was all that I could observe of her in the dim light and under the perplexingly strange circumstances of our meeting.
The Count Valentin looked at our hero from head to foot with his peculiar smile, in which impudence and urbanity seemed perplexingly commingled.
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The method of employing paradox and paradoxical stylistic means is a source for the perplexingly fascinating character of Kagel's 'Liedoper' in which reality presents itself as illusion, and illusion as reality".
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Rather than build his argument from the images themselves, Atac begins from a perplexingly idiosyncratic reading of The Epic of Gilgamesh.
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