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adjective as in difficult to understand

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The New York Times called the explanations “perplexing” and insufficient.

Now the high court has reversed course, offering a perplexing dilemma and a challenge to the Vatican.

Even more perplexing is that Viktor Yanukovych was still officially the president of Ukraine and Crimea on February 20.

Given this perplexing picture, what, if anything, looks like a firm fact?

Once again, we are approaching that most solemn and perplexing American social ritual—the Super Bowl party.

It offers, to those who see it aright, the most perplexing industrial paradox ever presented in the history of mankind.

Whether any further punishment could be inflicted on him was a perplexing question.

At an early stage of the proceedings a new and perplexing question was raised.

I saw that Galt Roscoe wished to speak to me on the subject perplexing him, but I did not help him.

On the contrary, should we be involved in those perplexing affairs, they may easily detain me till the middle of next month.


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On this page you'll find 71 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to perplexing, such as: baffling, complicated, confusing, convoluted, disconcerting, and knotty.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.