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Definition of "perplex" [per•plex]

  • To confuse or trouble with uncertainty or doubt. See Synonyms at puzzle. (verb-transitive)
  • To make confusedly intricate; complicate. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "perplex" in a sentence
  • "Thus, our "unfinished feeling" represents in itself an obscure demand for a resolution of the unadjusted; it corresponds to that inner compulsion which operates upon the imperfect consciousness of the dreamer, or upon the mentality of any person seeking the solution of a problem or "perplex," either asleep, or awake -- as I trust you all still remain."
  • "The resulting image is compelling, perplex and idiosyncratic; a pagan Catholic Cirque du Soleil."
  • "It would be useless and unkind to perplex you with my literary troubles."