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Meaning of PERPLEX

Pronunciation:  pur'pleks

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"
  2. [v]  make more complicated; "There was a new development that complicated the matter"

PERPLEX is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, complicate, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, pose, puzzle, stupefy, vex
 Antonyms: simplify
 See Also: alter, bedevil, befuddle, change, complexify, confound, confuse, discombobulate, elude, embrangle, escape, figure out, fox, fuddle, lick, mix up, puzzle out, puzzle over, riddle, snarl, snarl up, solve, stagger, stump, throw, work, work out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Per*plex"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Perplexed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Perplexing}.] [L. perplexari. See {Perplex}, a.]
    1. To involve; to entangle; to make intricate or complicated,
       and difficult to be unraveled or understood; as, to
       perplex one with doubts.
             No artful wildness to perplex the scene. --Pope.
             What was thought obscure, perplexed, and too hard
             for our weak parts, will lie open to the
             understanding in a fair view.         --Locke.
    2. To embarrass; to puzzle; to distract; to bewilder; to
       confuse; to trouble with ambiguity, suspense, or anxiety.
       ``Perplexd beyond self-explication.'' --Shak.
             We are perplexed, but not in despair. --2 Cor. iv.
             We can distinguish no general truths, or at least
             shall be apt to perplex the mind.     --Locke.
    3. To plague; to vex; to tormen. --Glanvill.
    Syn: To entangle; involve; complicate; embarrass; puzzle;
         bewilder; confuse; distract. See {Embarrass}.
  2. \Per*plex"\, a. [L. perplexus entangled, intricate; per
    + plectere, plexum, to plait, braid: cf. F. perplexe. See
    {Per-}, and {Plait}.]
    Intricate; difficult. [Obs.] --Glanvill.
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