verb (used with object)
Origin of perplex
Examples from the Web for perplexingly
Yet, perplexingly, in many cases, imposing sanctions is perceived to be sufficient to address a complex problem.
Cecil rounded one of his perplexingly empty sentences and turned on his heel.Beauchamp's Career, Complete|George Meredith
Authority is perplexingly subdivided and distributed, and responsibility has to be hunted down in out-of-the-way corners.Congressional Government|Woodrow Wilson
Papa was looking almost as perplexingly young as she, and I made up the little party to the number of the Graces.Willing to Die|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
That evidence, as it now lies before us, is perplexingly various both in content and quality.Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death|Frederick W. H. Myers
Mr. Twist had often observed how perplexingly much there is to be said for the opposite sides of a question.Christopher and Columbus|Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
Word Origin 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.