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nonplus

[non-pluhs, non-pluhs] /nɒnˈplʌs, ˈnɒn plʌs/
verb (used with object), nonplussed or nonplused, nonplussing or nonplusing.
1.
to render utterly perplexed; puzzle completely.
noun
2.
a state of utter perplexity.
Origin of nonplus
1575-1585
1575-85; (noun) < Latin nōn plūs literally, not more, no further, i.e., a state in which nothing more can be done
Synonyms
1. perplex, confuse, confound, disconcert.
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  • The captain, nonplussed, looked at Marius, and Florimond surprised the look.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • They were nonplussed, but their boss had not lost his nerve.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • He looked at Druel with such composure that the latter for a moment was nonplussed.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
  • This nonplussed the fanatic, who had come possibly with an eye to business.

    Policing the Plains R.G. MacBeth
  • For the moment Livingston was nonplussed, and declined to make any offer.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for nonplussed

nonplus

/nɒnˈplʌs/
verb -plusses, -plussing, -plussed (US) -pluses, -plusing, -plused
1.
(transitive) to put at a loss; confound: he was nonplussed by the sudden announcement
noun (pl) -pluses
2.
a state of utter perplexity prohibiting action or speech
Word Origin
C16: from Latin nōn plūs no further (that is, nothing further can be said or done)
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Word Origin and History for nonplussed
adj.

c.1600, past participle adjective from nonplus.

nonplus

v.

"to bring to a nonplus, to perplex," 1590s, from the noun (1580s), properly "state where 'nothing more' can be done or said," from Latin non plus "no more, no further" (see plus). Related: Nonplussed.

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