Per·plex v. t. [imp. & p. p. Perplexed p. pr. & vb. n. Perplexing.]
1. To involve; to entangle; to make intricate or complicated, and difficult to be unraveled or understood; as, to perplex one with doubts.
No artful wildness to perplex the scene. --Pope.
What was thought obscure, perplexed, and too hard for our weak parts, will lie open to the understanding in a fair view. --Locke.
2. To embarrass; to puzzle; to distract; to bewilder; to confuse; to trouble with ambiguity, suspense, or anxiety. “Perplexd beyond self-explication.”
We are perplexed, but not in despair. --2 Cor. iv. 8.
We can distinguish no general truths, or at least shall be apt to perplex the mind. --Locke.
3. To plague; to vex; to torment.
Syn: -- To entangle; involve; complicate; embarrass; puzzle; bewilder; confuse; distract. See Embarrass.
Per·plex·ing a. Embarrassing; puzzling; troublesome. “Perplexing thoughts.”
adj : lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity;
"sent confusing signals to Iraq"; "perplexing to
someone who knew nothing about it"; "a puzzling
statement" [syn: confusing, puzzling]