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verb [ trans. ] (often be perplexed)

  • (of something complicated or unaccountable) cause (someone) to feel completely baffled : she was perplexed by her husband's moodiness | [as adj. ] ( perplexing) a perplexing problem.
  • Complicate or confuse (a matter) : they were perplexing a subject plain in itself.

ORIGIN: late 15th cent. (as the adjective perplexed): from the obsolete adjective perplex [bewildered,] from Latin perplexus 'entangled,' based on plexus 'interwoven,' from the verb plectere.