perplex

[per-pleks] ,
verb (used with object)
1.
to cause to be puzzled or bewildered over what is not understood or certain; confuse mentally: Her strange response perplexed me.
2.
to make complicated or confused, as a matter or question.
3.
to hamper with complications, confusion, or uncertainty.

Origin:
1585–95; back formation from perplexed

perplexer, noun
perplexingly, adverb
unperplexing, adjective


1. mystify, confound. 2. tangle, snarl. 3. vex, annoy, bother.
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perplex (pəˈplɛks)
 
vb
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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