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Definition of nonplus
Examples of nonplus in a Sentence
I was nonplussed by his openly expressed admiration of me.
Recent Examples of nonplus from the Web
Some Mexican workers are nonplussed by the wages reported at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis.
When Deanna first arrives on campus, her daughter, Maddie (Molly Gordon), is suitably nonplussed.
So the offer from Doug Ducey, Arizona’s governor, of a 20% salary increase by 2020 and a funding increase until 2024 has left teachers nonplussed.
However, fans who've been waiting for an all-start superhero teamup of this caliber were nonplussed by the extended run time.
Perhaps it was inspired by the birth of her 12th and last child in 1964, after Kennedy’s assassination, that nonplused her about what kind of world her children would inherit.
But Cobalt Studios' owner, Bill Linn, was also nonplussed.
As for whether Trump tweeting about the possibility of a missile strike, congressional Republicans were nonplussed on Wednesday.
Carvalhal had tasted defeat only once since his appointment at the Liberty Stadium in December, but Brighton doubled that tally with a scintillating attacking performance that left Swansea's defence nonplussed.
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Don't Let nonplus Perplex You
Does nonplus perplex you? You aren't alone. Some people believe the "non" in nonplus means "not" and assume that to be nonplussed is to be calm and poised when just the opposite is true. If you are among the baffled, the word's history may clarify things. In Latin, non plus means "no more." In the earliest known uses, which date to the 16th century, it was used as a noun synonymous with quandary. Someone brought to a nonplus had reached an impasse in an argument and could say no more. Within a few decades of the first known use of the noun, people began using nonplus as a verb, and today it is often used in participial form with the meaning "perplexed" (as in "Joellen's nasty remark left us utterly nonplussed").
Synonym Discussion of nonplus
- the persistent fever puzzled the doctor
- a behavior that perplexed her friends
- a bewildering number of possibilities
- distracted by personal problems
- the remark left us utterly nonplussed
- the tragic news confounded us all
- was at first too dumbfounded to reply
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