noun (plural perplexities)
- 1Inability to deal with or understand something complicated or unaccountable: she paused in perplexityMore example sentences
- They gazed at her work with puzzled perplexity.
- Confusion and perplexity characterise the political establishment everywhere.
- The ambivalence from the clash of voices results in mental and emotional states of perplexity.
- 1.1 (usually perplexities) A complicated or baffling situation or thing: the perplexities of international relationsMore example sentences
- Outside the train, the concert footage is mingled with modern-day interviews, much of them regarding the political perplexities at the time.
- The novel explores the meaning of enlightenment, and the perplexities of reconciling the ineffable and the everyday.
- Because the characters' moral perplexities are so carefully rendered throughout, they are captivating to the end.
Middle English: from Old French perplexite or late Latin perplexitas, from Latin perplexus 'entangled, confused' (see perplex).