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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
Selena Gomez continues to be nonplussed by Justin Bieber's engagement.
Though the film was put together after less than 40 days of shooting, Future was nonplussed by the relatively short timetable he was given to produce the soundtrack.
Some economists remained nonplussed by the escalating tensions, pointing out that while the United States imports more than $500 billion worth of goods from China, the value of our exports is only around $130 billion.
Michael was nonplussed by my mixed review of his Fall 2005 collection, taking the attitude that people should take a look and form their own opinion.
Lori was nonplussed at his announcement of his new career.
However, many in Metro Orlando seemed nonplussed about the prospect of severe weather.
Bizarre Letter’ European allies, stung by Trump’s recent decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, may be nonplussed by the inconsistencies in Trump’s letter to Kim.
The same determined Italian who stormed England's top division now looks dishevelled, worn down and nonplussed at anything that takes place in front of him.
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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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