verb (used with object)
Origin of perplex
Examples from the Web for perplex
That in every Art certain complete sciences may be included is intelligible of itself, and should not perplex us.On War|Carl von Clausewitz
But a trouble weigh'd upon her, And perplex'd her night and morn.Mabel, Vol. I (of 3)|Emma Warburton
A factor that tends to perplex the mother and hurts the training of the child is her doubt as how "to discipline."The Nervous Housewife|Abraham Myerson
The fusion and casting of bronze does not perplex them any more than working in tin.Primitive Man|Louis Figuier
Eternally talking of philosophy and philanthropy, they borrow the terms only to perplex the ignorant and seduce the imagination.Leonora|Maria Edgeworth
British Dictionary definitions for perplex
Word Origin for perplex
Word Origin and History for perplex
late 14c. as an adjective, "perplexed, puzzled, bewildered," from Latin perplexus "involved, confused, intricate;" but Latin had no corresponding verb *perplectere. The Latin compound would be per "through" (see per) + plexus "entangled," past participle of plectere "to twine, braid, fold" (see complex (adj.)).
The form of the English adjective shifted to perplexed by late 15c., probably to conform to other past participle adjectives. The verb is latest attested of the group, in 1590s, evidently a back-formation from the adjective. Related: Perplexing, which well describes the history of the word.