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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.
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perplexity

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

noun
2. Anything that arouses curiosity or perplexes because it is unexplained, inexplicable, or secret:
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Translations
حَيْرَه، تَحَيُّر
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forvirrethed
ráîleysi

perplexity

[pəˈpleksɪtɪ] Nperplejidad f, confusión f
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perplexity

[pərˈplɛksɪti] nperplexité f
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perplexity

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

[pəˈplɛksɪtɪ] nperplessità
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
- Renegadoes From Nodowa.- Perplexities of a Commander.- Messrs.
But the tissue of perplexities, on account of this worthy individual, did not end here.
Hunt now flattered himself that his perplexities with Pierre Dorion were at an end.
Travelling hard all night, we found ourselves next morning past the plain; but the road we were in was not more commodious, the points of the rocks pierced our feet; to increase our perplexities we were alarmed with the approach of an armed troop, which our fear immediately suggested to be the Galles, who chiefly beset these passes of the mountains; we put ourselves on the defensive, and expected them, whom, upon a more exact examination, we found to be only a caravan of merchants come as usual to fetch salt.
Pakistan has been facing a bunch of perplexities since 1947.
The rabbinic genre of midrash tries to make sense of the text's many narrative contradictions and ethical perplexities. The Talmud assumes that every word in the Torah is there to teach a point of halacha, while Maimonides insisted that the Bible actually teaches the same truths as Greek philosophy, though it uses an allegorical method that can easily mislead the ignorant.
(17) The ultimate goal of dialectical inquiry is disclosing the relevant pragmata to the thinker who has gone through these perplexities. Alternatively expressed, in dialectical inquiry, one seeks to grasp intellectively the phenomena of human experience by seeing how that experience can genuinely be put into question.
There are seven essays: Aldred among the West Saxons: Bamburgh, and what bebbisca might mean; the rewards and perplexities of Old English glosses; a context for the Exeter Book: some suggestions but no conclusions; mapping the Anglo-Saxon intellectual landscape: the risks and rewards of source-study; the Old English Boethius as a book of nature; doomsday and nature in the Old English poem Judgement Day II; two syntactic notes on Old English grammar; (1) OE aebeon/wesan + present participle construction, (2) OE standan as a Copula.
A Different Kettle of Fish gives a fascinating and helpful insight into the perplexities of everyday existence for people on the autistic spectrum.
Contributors in the second part apply and test these tools and concepts, examining the pressures on doctoral students in a South African university, the crisis in knowledge about declining marine fish populations, perplexities around why certain ICT provisions fail, or how some Zimbabwean students, despite being beset by poverty, succeed.
Eric Schwitzgebel's Perplexities of Consciousness is a sustained critique of this picture.