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ADJECTIVE (1)

1. lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity;
- Example: "sent confusing signals to Iraq"
- Example: "perplexing to someone who knew nothing about it"
- Example: "a puzzling statement"
[syn: confusing, perplexing, puzzling]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Perplex \Per*plex"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Perplexed; p. pr. & vb. n. Perplexing.] [L. perplexari. See Perplex, a.] 1. To involve; to entangle; to make intricate or complicated, and difficult to be unraveled or understood; as, to perplex one with doubts. [1913 Webster] No artful wildness to perplex the scene. --Pope. [1913 Webster] What was thought obscure, perplexed, and too hard for our weak parts, will lie open to the understanding in a fair view. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. To embarrass; to puzzle; to distract; to bewilder; to confuse; to trouble with ambiguity, suspense, or anxiety. "Perplexd beyond self-explication." --Shak. [1913 Webster] We are perplexed, but not in despair. --2 Cor. iv. 8. [1913 Webster] We can distinguish no general truths, or at least shall be apt to perplex the mind. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 3. To plague; to vex; to torment. --Glanvill. [1913 Webster] Syn: To entangle; involve; complicate; embarrass; puzzle; bewilder; confuse; distract. See Embarrass. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Perplexing \Per*plex"ing\, a. Embarrassing; puzzling; troublesome. "Perplexing thoughts." --Milton. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

perplexing adj 1: 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, perplexing, puzzling]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

38 Moby Thesaurus words for "perplexing": Byzantine, arcane, baffling, bewildering, bothering, complex, complicated, confounding, confusing, convoluted, cryptic, discomposing, disconcerting, dismaying, distracting, disturbing, embarrassing, enigmatic, flabbergasting, impenetrable, incomprehensible, intricate, involved, knotty, labyrinthine, mysterious, mystifying, paradoxical, perturbing, problematic, puzzling, recondite, riddling, sphinxlike, stupefying, twisted, unfathomable, upsetting