perplexity

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noun per·plex·i·ty \ pər-ˈplek-sə-tē \

Definition of perplexity

plural perplexities
1 :the state of being perplexed :bewilderment
2 :something that perplexes

Examples of perplexity in a Sentence

  1. There was a look of perplexity on his face.

  2. He stared at her in perplexity.

  3. We will never solve all of the perplexities of life.

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Origin and Etymology of perplexity

Middle English perplexite, from Middle French perplexité, from Late Latin perplexitat-, perplexitas, from Latin perplexus


PERPLEXITY Defined for English Language Learners

perplexity

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Definition of perplexity for English Language Learners

  • : the state of being very confused because something is difficult to understand

  • : something that is confusing and difficult to understand


PERPLEXITY Defined for Kids

perplexity

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noun per·plex·i·ty \ pər-ˈplek-sə-tē \

Definition of perplexity for Students

plural perplexities
1 :a puzzled or anxious state of mind
  • The school stared in perplexity at this incredible folly.
  • —Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer
2 :something that puzzles


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