Synonyms of perplexity
1 puzzlementDictionary • There was utter perplexity in both their expressions.
puzzlement • He looked at me in puzzlement.
confusion • I left his office in a state of confusion.
bewilderment • He shook his head in bewilderment.
2 complexityDictionary • the perplexities of quantum mechanics usually plural
complexity • a diplomatic problem of great complexity
difficulty • questions arranged in no particular order of difficulty
mystery • The source of the gunshots still remains a mystery.
puzzle • the puzzle of why there are no Stone Age cave paintings in Britain
paradox • Death is a paradox, the end yet the beginning.
obscurity • Whatever its obscurities, the poem was clear on one count.
enigma • This country remains an enigma for the outside world.
intricacy • Garments are priced according to the intricacy of the work.
3 difficultyDictionary • My chief perplexity was how to interpret the words.
difficulty • There is only one difficulty. The hardest thing is to leave.
dilemma • The issue raises a moral dilemma.
fix (informal) • The government has got itself in a fix.
uphill (South Africa) • This job has been a real uphill.
can of worms (informal)
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bewildermentBewilderment is the feeling of being bewildered.
• He shook his head in bewilderment.
complexityComplexity is the state of having many different parts connected or related to each other in a complicated way.
• a diplomatic problem of great complexity
confusionIf your mind is in a state of confusion, you do not know what to believe or what you should do.
• I left his office in a state of confusion.
Thesaurus for perplexity from the Collins English Thesaurus
the state of being perplexed