1350–1400; Middle English perplex confused (< Latin perplexus; see per-, complex) + -ed2

perplexedly [per-plek-sid-lee] , adverb
perplexedness, noun
self-perplexed, adjective
unperplexed, adjective Unabridged


verb (used with object)
to cause to be puzzled or bewildered over what is not understood or certain; confuse mentally: Her strange response perplexed me.
to make complicated or confused, as a matter or question.
to hamper with complications, confusion, or uncertainty.

1585–95; back formation from perplexed

perplexer, noun
perplexingly, adverb
unperplexing, adjective

1. mystify, confound. 2. tangle, snarl. 3. vex, annoy, bother. Unabridged
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perplex (pəˈplɛks)
1.  to puzzle; bewilder; confuse
2.  to complicate: to perplex an issue
[C15: from obsolete perplex (adj) intricate, from Latin perplexus entangled, from per- (thoroughly) + plectere to entwine]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., pp. adj.; see perplexity. A case of a pp. form attested centuries before the verb; perplex isn't recorded until 17c.
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Example sentences
I'm perplexed by several unexplored aspects of Neanderthals.
If you have ever lost weight on a diet only to gain it all back, you were
  probably as perplexed as you were disappointed.
He would be impressed, perplexed, and perhaps angry.
But precisely what it was perplexed them.
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