perplexed

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Perplexed \Per*plexed"\, adjective Entangled, involved, or confused; hence, embarrassd; puzzled; doubtful; anxious. -- {Per*plex"ed*ly}, adverb -- {Per*plex"ed*ness}, noun

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Perplex \Per*plex"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Perplexed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Perplexing}.] [L. perplexari. See {Perplex}, adjective]

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. 8.

We can distinguish no general truths, or at least shall be apt to perplex the mind. --Locke.

3. To plague; to vex; to torment. --Glanvill.

Syn: To entangle; involve; complicate; embarrass; puzzle; bewilder; confuse; distract. See {Embarrass}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

perplexed

adjective

1: full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment; "perplexed language"; "perplexed state of the world" [ant: {unperplexed}]


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