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Scientists are perplexed by the mystery.
  to confuse
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perplexed perplexity perplexing perplex perplexes perplexities perplexingly
Although the simple definition of perplexed is to say it is like confused, it does have it’s own connotation or flavor. Perplexed might be the better word choice when you want to express that someone is emotionally uncomfortable or worried by the confusion.
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  • Scientists are perplexed by the mystery.
  • I am perplexed by her behavior.
  • I stare in that direction, perplexed.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Melissa stared at Ali for a second, perplexed, and then turned back to Ian.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars

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  • Then she give me a real perplexed look,
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • Michael shrugged, disoriented, perplexed.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • The danger is here, for two men are not as lonely and perplexed as one.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • She seemed genuinely perplexed by his lack of enthusiasm.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • I’m perplexed by her amusement until I realize that with the Careers’ stores eliminated, she might actually stand a chance.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • ...mystic and marvelous surprises that will entrance, delight, intrigue, astonish, and perplex you beyond measure.
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

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  • One of the consequences of all these things was that Jurgis was no longer perplexed when he heard men talk of fighting for their rights.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • they were perplexing to reflect upon,—insoluble mysteries both.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The two men stood on the landing perplexed.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • He scratched his head with a perplexed air,
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • My parents were deeply grieved and perplexed.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Now Kino’s face was perplexed and worried.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • Then as is the nature of folk that are thoroughly perplexed, they began to grumble at the hobbit, blaming him for what had at first so pleased them:
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • D seemed truly perplexed, which probably saved my life.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • He vividly recalled those old doubts and perplexities,
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • The thing perplexes me altogether.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • He seemed to find this case very perplexing,
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • I pondered a moment in sore perplexity.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • I was in deep perplexity, because I knew that the teacher would demand of me at least two names, and I had only one.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • It was a perplexing puzzle,
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • And while he was waiting he looked at the counsellors who stood behind the chief, and he saw too that they were frowning and perplexed, and that for this matter there was no counsel that they could give at all.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Phoebe loved no riddles, and would have been glad to escape the perplexity of this one.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • He was a little country boy, and this village was to him a very strange and perplexing place, where people wore fine clothes and had hard hearts.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • exclaimed Alice, looking about in great perplexity, as first one round head, and then the other, rolled down from her shoulder, and lay like a heavy lump in her lap.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass
  • all our house in a great perplexity; yet did not this cruel-hearted cur shed one tear.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • In the daytime it is tiresome and perplexing.
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • (More perplexed than ever)
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • Bathsheba regarded him with round-eyed perplexity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Jason continued to appear perplexed and said, "I really don’t know what you are talking about."
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • Here, Master Doctor, in perplexity and doubtful dilemma.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • (perplexed) Why? What did I say?
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • Thorolf looked at Christopher, perplexed.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • When I woke in the morning, I was hungry, but I did not think first of my hunger for my heart was perplexed and confused.
    Stephen Vincent Benét  --  By the Waters of Babylon
  • You see, it perplexed me that the Divergent were immune to the serum that I developed,
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Jean Louise looked around at a sea of perplexed faces; she could spot guilty parties easily on public occasions, but she was met with blank astonishment on all sides.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • "You put his patterns in chronological order?" my mother asks, perplexed.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • He was completely perplexed.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • The pilot turned her head to face Mark, who stared back, perplexed.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • She balls up the soiled napkins and I think she’s about to go at the tabletop with her bare arm, and I’m watching the whole thing, slightly perplexed.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • He smiled sympathetically at Mae, but with a raised eyebrow, as if there was something about Mae that was perplexing him, something he couldn’t put his finger on.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • We watched her go, slightly perplexed.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • I looked at him, disgusted and perplexed.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • He looked at me closely and was clearly perplexed.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • As I stared in perplexity, the first boa was joined by a second one, also waving furiously, and both boas began to move slowly along, parallel to the crest of the esker.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • I was perplexed as to what I should do.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Kai froze with a look of mild perplexity, and Cinder thought with a jolt that she’d succeeded—had she just used her Lunar gift?
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
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