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1 Make (someone) feel completely baffled.‘she was perplexed by her husband's moodiness’
puzzle, baffle, mystify, bemuse, bewilder, confound, confuse, nonplus, disconcert, dumbfound, throw, catch someone off balance, throw someone off balance, get, exercise, worry, befuddle, fuddle, addle, fogflummox, be all greek to, discombobulate, stump, bamboozle, floor, beat, faze, make someone scratch their head, foxwilder, distract, gravel, maze, pose, cause to be at a standpuzzling, baffling, mystifying, mysterious, bewildering, confusing, disconcerting, worrying, unaccountable, difficult to understand, inexplicable, impenetrable, unfathomable, paradoxical, peculiar, funny, strange, weird, odd, beyond onecomplex, complicated, difficult, hard, taxing, knotty, thorny, ticklish, involved, intricate, convoluted, labyrinthine, byzantinespiny, mind-bendingwilderingpuzzled, baffled, mystified, bemused, bewildered, confused, nonplussed, disconcerted, dumbfounded, worried, at a loss, at sea, befuddled, fuddled, addledflummoxed, bamboozled, discombobulated, stumped, fazed, beatenbushedwildered, distracted, mazedView synonyms
- ‘I sat up and looked at him oddly, almost as though the question perplexed me more than anything else.’
- ‘His apparent willingness to gamble on growth is perplexing friends and delighting some of his foes.’
- ‘The children were perplexed by her unexpected good humor, but they admired her good-natured bravery in the face of personal tragedy.’
- ‘Having lived for years in a neighbourhood which has been ignored, local people are naturally perplexed and jealous.’
- ‘Physicians are often perplexed about how to interpret abnormal results within the panels.’
- ‘I was perplexed when my results were quite different from those reported in the article.’
- ‘I know this is most unusual but it is something that perplexes me.’
- ‘Human nature perplexes me and it's just one of those odd little quirky things that has grabbed my attention.’
- ‘He is genuinely perplexed that people don't think he has done enough.’
- ‘The idea of making unnecessary sacrifices at the expense of your looks and leisure time genuinely perplexes people.’
- ‘He was perplexed by her question and it more than a little baffled him.’
- ‘Be that as it may, the tower's mystery and appeal remain undiminished, perplexing visitors and experts alike.’
- ‘The 67-year-old director seems perplexed by the question.’
- ‘We are all anxious and eager to find answers to questions that intrigue and perplex us; this is natural.’
- ‘Questions such as those can perplex many workers.’
- ‘The passenger is not reassured; he is perplexed.’
- ‘The Aztecs exhibition will stun and perplex many people who see it.’
- ‘We are perplexed, but we don't give up and quit.’
- ‘It perplexes me that smart people so often say things like this.’
- ‘No, what is perplexing me more is the discrepancy between giving and asking.’
- 1.1dated Complicate or confuse (a matter)‘they were perplexing a subject plain in itself’puzzle, baffle, mystify, bemuse, bewilder, confound, confuse, nonplus, disconcert, dumbfound, throw, catch someone off balance, throw someone off balance, get, exercise, worry, befuddle, fuddle, addle, fogView synonyms
Late 15th century (as the adjective perplexed): from the obsolete adjective perplex ‘bewildered’, from Latin perplexus entangled, based on plexus interwoven, from the verb plectere.
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