noun, plural per·plex·i·ties.
- perrault, charles,
- perrault, claude,
Origin of perplexity
Examples from the Web for perplexity
It is the perplexity of this situation that has caused most of the paralysis in Congress.
I am not sure how helpful that is, except that the communing certainly keeps us from feeling totally isolated in our perplexity.Susan Minot on Africa, Joseph Kony, and the Limits of Writing About Love|Lea Carpenter|February 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Greeted with derision in some corners and perplexity in others, the movement's new magazine launches at CPAC today.
This change in plan was a source of perplexity bordering on irritation to the Queen.
"I comprehend you," said she, with an air of some perplexity.Arthur Mervyn|Charles Brockden Brown
He paused a moment scratching his head in perplexity, and then blurted forth without reserve.Paradise Garden|George Gibbs
In her perplexity she went over the whole thing time and again.A Book of Bryn Mawr Stories|Marian T. MacIntosh
She could no longer control the manifestations of her impatience and her perplexity.Christmas Roses and Other Stories|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
She looked into her lover's face and saw in it a look of commiseration and perplexity.War and Peace|Leo Tolstoy
noun plural -ties
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."