• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Perplexiveness The quality of being perplexing; tendency to perplex.
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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:

It has always been a matter of perplexity that these ascetics find no mention in the New Testament.
"The Life of Jesus of Nazareth" by Rush Rhees
The composition of the company was a matter for some perplexity to Mr. Direck.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
She broke through the ring, and with her hands full of gold scanned the room in dismayed perplexity.
"Septimus" by William J. Locke
There was no loop-hole for me to escape from the most painful and perplexing strait I had ever been in.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
Perplexities seemed to be thickening about him.
"The Mystery of Mary" by Grace Livingston Hill
In his perplexity he ordered the grand vizier to be sent for with expedition.
"Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know" by Various
And I saw, now, just the same boyish dread and perplexity that I had seen when he made his confession to me at Oakstone.
"The Jervaise Comedy" by J. D. Beresford
Mary Taylor regarded her in perplexed despair.
"The Quest of the Silver Fleece" by W. E. B. Du Bois
But at this point, there developed a most perplexing phenomenon.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
Her mind was as thoroughly perplexed as her heart was deeply wounded.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

In poetry:

He is perplexed no more, who prays,
``Hail, Mary Mother, full of grace!''
O drag me from Doubt's endless maze,
And let me see my Loved One's face!
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
"The arrows of his straining sight
Fell quenched in darkness; priest and sage,
Like lost guides calling left and right,
Perplexed his doubtful age.
"My Namesake" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I told of hills, and far-off town,
And long, long vale to travel through;—-
He listens, puzzled, sore perplexed,
But he submits; what can he do ?
"The Mother's Return" by William Wordsworth
With tears in her eyes she oft says,
"Away with your dances and plays!
The ills that perplex
The half of our sex
Are owing to you, Satan's engines."
"The Cottage Maid" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
From bush to bush, from stile to stile,
Perplex'd he trod the fallow ground,
And told his money all the while
And weigh'd the matter round and round.
"Abner And The Widow Jones" by Robert Bloomfield
No more with this vain world perplex'd,
Thou shalt prepare me for the next;
The springs of life shall gently cease,
And angels point the way to peace.
"The Search After Happiness. A Pastoral Drama" by Hannah More

In news:

The world of animal rights is busy, perplexing, and uneven.
Are you a bit perplexed with making the right choice between all the printer models currently available.
But anyone who did not read the note for "Arsa y Toma" might have been perplexed by Ballet Cristina Hoyos Flamenco on Sunday afternoon.
The question of identity perplexes many of us.
As a huge fan of sweet potato pie, I've always been perplexed by traditional Thanksgiving sweet potato side dishes.
RUSK — When asked on Monday morning if his team's sizzling 4-0 start in any way surprised him, Rusk head football coach Ted Patton had a bit of a perplexed answer.
Indians are perplexed by a $10 million reward targeting Hafix Saeed, who makes regular public appearances in Pakistan.
Joe Gibbs Racing's struggles in the Chase frustrating, perplexing .
UT's unpredictability still quite perplexing .
Pressuring either Drew Brees or Peyton Manning can prove perplexing .
On how many people abroad are perplexed by US protections for freedom of expression.
Perplexing problems of the rich & famous.
Find your address book perplexing .
The Perplexing Popcorn Payment Problem.
A Perplexing Schedule Awaits the N.L.

In science:

We see that the tGaP-PFA model obtains superior perplexity to the static version, showing that incorporating dependency can improve performance when the data is assumed to be non-exchangeable.
A unifying representation for a class of dependent random measures
Table 2: Average perplexity and average # of topics for State of the Union corpus over 5 hold-out sets.
A unifying representation for a class of dependent random measures
The more perplexing closed string case (Riemann surfaces without boundary) is the sub ject of §5.
Chern-Simons Gauge Theory As A String Theory
The unusual environment has a bearing on several perplexing properties of solar system material.
Young Circumstellar Disks Near Evolved Massive Stars and Supernovae
The wave-particle duality is the most perplexed paradox in modern physics. Because it can’t be explained rationally up to now, people seems becoming used to it. Now physicists have accepted this duality and think that a micro-particle can be regarded as both wave and particle simultaneously.
Asymmetrical Path Interference Test of Light