Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb perplex

2 senses of perplex

Sense 1
perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound -- (be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me")
       => confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulate -- (be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly; "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled even the teacher")

Sense 2
complicate, perplex -- (make more complicated; "There was a new development that complicated the matter")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Antonyms of adj perplexed

1 sense of perplexed

Sense 1
perplexed (vs. unperplexed) -- (full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment; "perplexed language"; "perplexed state of the world")

unperplexed (vs. perplexed) -- (experiencing no difficulty or confusion or bewilderment)
        => unbaffled, unconfused -- (not perplexed by conflicting situations or statements)

Similarity of adj perplexed

1 sense of perplexed

Sense 1
perplexed (vs. unperplexed) -- (full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment; "perplexed language"; "perplexed state of the world")
       => at a loss (predicate), nonplused, nonplussed, puzzled -- (filled with bewilderment; "at a loss to understand those remarks"; "puzzled that she left without saying goodbye")
       => baffled, befuddled, bemused, bewildered, confounded, confused, lost, mazed, mixed-up, at sea -- (perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment; "obviously bemused by his questions"; "bewildered and confused"; "a cloudy and confounded philosopher"; "just a mixed-up kid"; "she felt lost on the first day of school")
       => metagrobolized, metagrobolised, metagrabolized, metagrabolised, mystified -- (totally perplexed and mixed up; "all this duncical nonsense has my brains metagrobolized"- Wall Street Journal)
       => questioning, quizzical -- (perplexed (as if being expected to know something that you do not know); "he had a quizzical expression")
       => stuck -- (baffled; "this problem has me completely stuck")
          Also See-> confused#5

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