perplexity

[per-plek-si-tee]
noun, plural per·plex·i·ties.
  1. the state of being perplexed; confusion; uncertainty.
  2. something that perplexes: a case plagued with perplexities.
  3. a tangled, involved, or confused condition or situation.

Origin of perplexity

1350–1400; Middle English perplexite < Old French < Late Latin perplexitās, equivalent to Latin perplex(us) (see perplexed) + -itās -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for perplexities

perplexity

noun plural -ties
  1. the state of being perplexed
  2. the state of being intricate or complicated
  3. something that perplexes
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Word Origin and History for perplexities

perplexity

n.

c.1300, "bewilderment," from Old French perplexite "confusion, perplexity," from Late Latin perplexitatem (nominative perplexitas), from Latin perplexus "confused, involved, interwoven," from per- "completely" + plexus "entangled," past participle of plectere "to twine" (see complex (adj.)). From 1590s as "something that causes perplexity."

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