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 perplexing

1 sense of perplexing

Sense 1
confusing, perplexing, puzzling -- (lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity; "sent confusing signals to Iraq"; "perplexing to someone who knew nothing about it"; "a puzzling statement")

INDIRECT (VIA unclear) -> clear -- (readily apparent to the mind; "a clear and present danger"; "a clear explanation"; "a clear case of murder"; "a clear indication that she was angry"; "gave us a clear idea of human nature")

Similarity of adj perplexing

1 sense of perplexing

Sense 1
confusing, perplexing, puzzling -- (lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity; "sent confusing signals to Iraq"; "perplexing to someone who knew nothing about it"; "a puzzling statement")
       => unclear (vs. clear) -- (not clear to the mind; "the law itself was unclear on that point"; "the reason for their actions is unclear to this day")

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