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- perplex: see ply
- perplex (v.)
- 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.
- 1. We're dismal enough without conjuring up ghosts and visions to perplex us.
- 2. This problem is hard enough to perplex even the teacher.
- 3. I have no wish to perplex the issue.
- 4. This maker continues to perplex me with this wine.
- 5. In reality, careers and the workplace perplex me entirely.
- 实际上, 事业和职场这两样东西我完全搞不懂.
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