perplexity [per-plek-si-tee] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural per·plex·i·ties.
- the state of being ; confusion; uncertainty.
- something that : a case plagued with perplexities.
- a tangled, involved, or confused condition or situation.
Origin of perplexity 1350–1400; Middle English perplexite Old French Late Latin perplexitās, equivalent to Latin perplex(us) (see) + -itās Related Words for perplexities , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Examples from the Web for perplexities Contemporary Examples of perplexities
He studied the complexities of the English language and the perplexities of religious faith.
October 21, 2014
The history of exhibiting violence photojournalism is fraught with perplexities.
May 5, 2011
Deborah Tannen knows all about sisterhood, sister-speak, and the pitfalls and perplexities of sibling rivalry.
September 12, 2009
The labyrinth of perplexities that Abigail surveyed best summarized the vexations of the delegates in Philadelphia.
Edith B. Gelles
April 19, 2009
Historical Examples of perplexities
This was an unexpected piece of luck in the midst of my perplexities.
Arthur Conan Doyle
Yet you ask me, a reliable machine, to help you in your perplexities?
He was utterly worn out that evening by all the perplexities of his death-bed.
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
His perplexities related to other things than the fear of any fall from honour.
David Christie Murray
As the summer advanced the perplexities of the Guises increased.
Henry Martyn Baird
British Dictionary definitions for perplexities perplexity noun plural -ties
- the state of being perplexed
- the state of being intricate or complicated
- something that perplexes
Word Origin and History for perplexities perplexity n.
c.1300, “bewilderment,” from Old French perplexite “confusion, perplexity,” from Late Latin perplexitatem (nominative perplexitas), from Latin perplexus “confused, involved, interwoven,” from per- “completely” + plexus “entangled,” past participle of plectere “to twine” (see(adj.)). From 1590s as “something that causes perplexity.”