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Synonyms of nonplussed in English:


  • 1 Nick was nonplussed by the suggestion that he'd acted unkindly
    surprised, stunned, dumbfounded, confounded, taken aback, disconcerted, thrown, thrown off balance;
    puzzled, perplexed, mystified, baffled, bemused, bewildered
    informal fazed, flummoxed, stumped, bamboozled, discombobulated
  • 2 Tex remained nonplussed throughout the scandal
    unperturbed, unruffled, unfazed, composed
  • Usage


    In standard use, nonplussed means ‘surprised and confused’: the hostility of the new neighbor's refusal left Mrs. Walker nonplussed. In North American English, a new use has developed in recent years, meaning ‘unperturbed’—more or less the opposite of its traditional meaning: hoping to disguise his confusion, he tried to appear nonplussed. This new use probably arose on the assumption that non- is the normal negative prefix and must therefore have a negative meaning. Although commonly encountered, this modern use of nonplussed is not considered part of standard English, and is better replaced by unperturbed, unruffled, unfazed, or composed
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