Per*plex", a. [L. perplexus
entangled, intricate; per + plectere, plexum, to plait,
braid: cf. F. perplexe. See Per-, and Plait.]
Intricate; difficult. [Obs.] Glanvill.
Per*plex" (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Perplexed (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Perplexing.] [L. perplexari. See Perplex,
a.] 1. To involve; to entangle;
to make intricate or complicated, and difficult to be unraveled or
understood; as, to perplex one with doubts.
No artful wildness to perplex the
What was thought obscure, perplexed, and too
hard for our weak parts, will lie open to the understanding in a fair
2. To embarrass; to puzzle; to distract; to
bewilder; to confuse; to trouble with ambiguity, suspense, or
anxiety. "Perplexd beyond self-explication."
We are perplexed, but not in
despair. 2 Cor. iv. 8.
We can distinguish no general truths, or at least shall
be apt to perplex the mind. Locke.
3. To plague; to vex; to tormen.
Syn. -- To entangle; involve; complicate; embarrass; puzzle;
bewilder; confuse; distract. See Embarrass.