Definition of perplexity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈpleksəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈpleksəti//
    (pl. perplexities) (formal)
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  1. 1[uncountable] the state of feeling confused and anxious because you do not understand something synonym confusion Most of them just stared at her in perplexity. His comments have been the source of much perplexity and debate.
  2. 2[countable, usually plural] something that is difficult to understand the perplexities of life
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French perplexite or late Latin perplexitas, from Latin perplexus ‘entangled, confused’, based on plexus ‘interwoven’, from the verb plectere.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: perplexity