V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to confuse or make something complicated

Synonyms: confuse, confound, puzzle, bewilder, baffle, mystify, complicate, obfuscate

Antonyms: clarify, explain

Tips: Perplex is a more sophisticated way of saying "confuse" and "baffle." Perplex is synonymous with confound. If you are perplexed, you are confused and a little scared by something. If you are confounded, you are confused and a little surprised by something. The related adjective perplexing describes something that is confusing or puzzling.

Usage Examples:

His question perplexed me, and I wasn't sure how to answer. (confused, baffled)

It was a perplexing dilemma, and one I was sure would not be easily resolved. (complicated, confounding, puzzling) adjective

You perplex me with your unwillingness to accept such a great job offer. (mystify, baffle)

I was perplexed by the problem, so I stepped away for a while in order to gain some perspective. (confounded, baffled) adjective

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