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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Perplex


PERPLEX', verb transitive [Latin perplexus, perplexor; per and plector, to twist; Latin plico, to fold.]

1. To make intricate; to involve; to entangle; to make complicated and difficult to be understood or unraveled.

What was thought obscure, perplexed and too hard for our weak parts, will lie open to the understanding in a fair view.

2. To embarrass; to puzzle; to distract; to tease with suspense, anxiety or ambiguity.

We can distinguish no general truths, or at least shall be apt to perplex the mind.

We are perplexed, but not in despair. 2 Corinthians 4:8.

3. To plague; to vex.

PERPLEX', adjective Intricate; difficult. [Not used.]