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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Perplex  \Per*plex"\,  a.  [L.  perplexus  entangled,  intricate;  per 
  +  plectere  plexum,  to  plait,  braid:  cf  F.  perplexe.  See 
  {Per-},  and  {Plait}.] 
  Intricate;  difficult.  [Obs.]  --Glanvill. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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. 
  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.''  --Shak. 
  We  are  perplexed,  but  not  in  despair.  --2  Cor.  iv 
  We  can  distinguish  no  general  truths,  or  at  least 
  shall  be  apt  to  perplex  the  mind.  --Locke. 
  3.  To  plague;  to  vex;  to  tormen.  --Glanvill. 
  Syn:  To  entangle;  involve;  complicate;  embarrass;  puzzle; 
  bewilder;  confuse;  distract.  See  {Embarrass}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  v  1:  be  a  mystery  or  bewildering  to:  "This  beats  me!"  "Got  me--I 
  don't  know  the  answer!"  [syn:  {get},  {puzzle},  {mystify}, 
  {baffle},  {beat},  {bewilder},  {flummox},  {stupefy},  {stupify}, 
  {nonplus},  {gravel},  {amaze},  {dumbfound},  {trounce}] 
  2:  make  more  complicated;  "There  was  a  new  development  that 
  complicated  the  matter"  [syn:  {complicate}]  [ant:  {simplify}] 

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