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nonplus

[non-pluhs, non-pluhs] /nɒnˈplʌs, ˈnɒn plʌs/
verb (used with object), nonplussed or nonplused, nonplussing or nonplusing.
1.
to render utterly perplexed; puzzle completely.
noun
2.
a state of utter perplexity.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; (noun) < Latin nōn plūs literally, not more, no further, i.e., a state in which nothing more can be done
Synonyms
1. perplex, confuse, confound, disconcert.
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nonplus

/nɒnˈplʌs/
verb -plusses, -plussing, -plussed (US) -pluses, -plusing, -plused
1.
(transitive) to put at a loss; confound he was nonplussed by the sudden announcement
noun (pl) -pluses
2.
a state of utter perplexity prohibiting action or speech
Word Origin
C16: from Latin nōn plūs no further (that is, nothing further can be said or done)
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Word Origin and History for nonplus
nonplus
1580s (n.), properly "state where 'nothing more' can be done or said," from L. non plus "no more, no further." The verb meaning "to bring to a nonplus, to perplex" is attested from 1590s.
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