• WordNet 3.6
    • adj perplexed full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment "perplexed language","perplexed state of the world"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Perplexed Entangled, involved, or confused; hence, embarrassd; puzzled; doubtful; anxious.
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  • Sidney J. Harris
    “Middle Age is that perplexing time of life when we hear two voices calling us, one saying, Why not? and the other, Why bother?”
  • John Milton
    “Fear of change perplexes monarchs.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “The perplexity of life arises from there being too many interesting things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them.”
  • Sir John Vanbrugh
    Sir John Vanbrugh
    “The want of a thing is perplexing enough, but the possession of it, is intolerable.”
  • Thomas Kempis
    “Scruples, temptations, and fears, and cutting perplexities of the heart, are often the lot of the most excellent persons.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
    “Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.”


In literature:

As Miss Owen glanced a second time around the room, a look of perplexity came into her face.
"The Golden Shoemaker" by J. W. Keyworth
There was a bright flush on her cheeks, and a look of perplexity in her blue eyes.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
He avoids confusion and perplexity.
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
There were doubts and perplexities in the mind of young Mr. Barter, but they were altogether of another order.
"Young Mr. Barter's Repentance" by David Christie Murray
They are equally perplexed about the disappearance of the body; though this adds not much to the mystery.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
God in nature, without Christ, is a riddle, a perplexity, a mystery.
"Oowikapun" by Egerton Ryerson Young
Then my perplexities began.
"On the Indian Trail" by Egerton Ryerson Young
Though no longer alarmed for the safety of the Indians, he is, nevertheless, still surprised and perplexed.
"Gaspar the Gaucho" by Mayne Reid
Tears started unbidden to the poor perplexed mother's eyes.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
For a few seconds his glance wavered in vague distress and perplexity.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
The more I read it the greater my perplexity grew.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
I fear you are perplexing yourself.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
Always fit, hard as nails, these phenomena perplexed.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
Yet his first perplexities lingered and could at moments become painful.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Though she was perplexed by many things, she was intensely happy.
"The Benefactress" by Elizabeth Beauchamp
The child stood for a moment perplexed.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Then Lucy in her perplexity turned again to the thought of Jock.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant
But could they have looked into her mind they would have been perplexed to find an answer.
"The Shadow" by Mary White Ovington
At any rate, their perplexity brings out very clearly that the conception was not suggested to Jesus.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of St John, Vol. II" by Marcus Dods
I suddenly realized the perplexities and profundities of human life.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer

In poetry:

'T is at the beginning;
Nay, the sentence that perplexes
Me so much is that.
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Quiet, quiet dead,
I will not perplex you;
What my tongue hath said
Haply it may vex you!
"Quiet Dead!" by George MacDonald
Oft of thy love, my friend, I fondly dreamed;
Such musings made my glad heart throb like flame.
But yet, whene'er I met thy happy glance,
Straightway perplexed and troubled I became.
"Timid Love" by Semen Yakovlevich Nadson
And you—what sinister, far, reserves of laughter,
What understandings, remote, perplexed, remain
Unguessed forever by her who is your victim—
Victim, of whom you too are victim again?
"Asphalt" by Conrad Potter Aiken
O Venus, beauty of the skies,
To whom a thousand temples rise,
Gaily false in gentle smiles,
Full of love-perplexing wiles;
O goddess, from my heart remove
The wasting cares and pains of love.
"A Hymn To Venus" by Sappho
I THOUGHT I was not alone, walking here by the shore,
But the one I thought was with me, as now I walk by the shore,
As I lean and look through the glimmering light—that one has utterly
And those appear that perplex me.
"I Thought I Was Not Alone" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Angelo perplexed about Anderson's saga.
Perplexing New Yorker Ad Features Lena Dunham, Jon Hamm, Alex Karpovsky.
The perplexity of Michael Jordan.
Perplexity After Auschwitz Sign Theft.
Perplexed over the pervasiveness of princesses.
In northern Montgomery County, residents feel pinched and perplexed.
Proposed provincial paper recycling program perplexes some participants at UBCM.
Perhaps it's the idea of moving around that has her perplexed.
Its a pretty cool idea, but each article I've seen about it has mentioned a point that I find perplexing.
The trailer for Lady Gaga's new fragrance, Fame, is pretty much exactly what you'd expect: dark, sexual and perplexing.
You can't blame Obama if he's perplexed about the recent events.
"The Master," a new movie about a smooth-talking philosopher guru and an unstable violence-prone follower, is earning mostly positive reviews, though it also is perplexing many who see it.
It is summer and when I take one of my daily hikes or take a drive in my less than luxury automobile I find one perplexing problem in our fair town.
Pabu perplexes in Harbor East.
It is perplexing and disturbing.

In science:

One aspect of this picture which is a bit perplexing is the number of choices available in making any of the constructions which prove commutativity and associativity.
Puzzles, Tableaux and Mosaics
At first this may seem perplexing because in sections II and III we showed that the physical states in both theories satisfy the (positive frequency) Klein-Gordon equation.
Robustness of key features of loop quantum cosmology
In Perplexing problems in probability, volume 44 of Progr.
The growth exponent for planar loop-erased random walk
This is somewhat perplexing, as the AGN black hole masses include an overall scaling factor that brings the AGN MBH - σ⋆ relationship into agreement with that of quiescent galaxies.
The Black Hole Mass-Bulge Luminosity Relationship for Active Galactic Nuclei from Reverberation Mapping and Hubble Space Telescope Imaging
But as the years stretched on with no eruption, hope faded, to be replaced by frustration and perplexity.
The Nova Shell and Evolution of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis
Rochlich, Quantum Paradoxes: Quantum Theory for the Perplexed, Wiley-VCH (2005).
Bell's Inequalities, Superquantum Correlations, and String Theory
This seems a bit perplexing, and that is why we cannot explain the physical meaning of entropy according to its classical thermodynamic definition.
Internal Heat Energy, Entropy and The Second Law: A New Approach to Theoretical Thermodynamics
It is possible that this perplexing result can be understood if one takes account of the AGN luminosity, which is typically a hidden parameter.
Do stellar winds play a decisive role in feeding AGN?
Loop-erased random walk, Perplexing problems in probability, Progr.
Random walk on the range of random walk
Can it (or when can it) be rewritten as a stochastic integral R kdW , where W is IR1 Brownian motion and k is predictible with respect to the filtration of W ? The problem is even more perplexing in higher dimensions.
Dimension for Martingales
Shreve record the following theorem and remark; see Theorem 4.2, remark 4.3 in [KS], which essentially prove our results in a much more general sense, and also give a partial answer to our perplexing problem.
Dimension for Martingales
The discovery of accelerated expansion (or dark energy) constitutes one of the major recent discoveries in physics: it causes persistent perplexity (for reasons summarized in §2.5), and still sources an enormous flow of scientific literature.
The expansion of the universe observed with supernovae
We evaluate our model using three tasks: perplexity on held out data; time-stamp prediction; and qualitative evaluation.
A unifying representation for a class of dependent random measures
The perplexity evaluation was carried out following Zhou et al. (2012b), by holding out 20% of the words from each document, training the model on the remaining 80% and computing the perplexity of the held-out words (as described in the supplement).
A unifying representation for a class of dependent random measures
The perplexity results are presented in Table 2.
A unifying representation for a class of dependent random measures