Difference between confusion and perplex




  1. a mistake that results from taking one thing to be another
  2. a feeling of embarrassment that leaves you confused
  3. an act causing a disorderly combination of elements with identities lost and distinctions blended
  4. disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably
  5. a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior


A good deal of role confusion and bewilderment as the growing child encounters the newer ways is to be expected and observed.

There is a good deal of confusion over the use of concepts to analyse the institutions and processes of policy-making.

Omissions in my recent article must have caused confusion.

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  1. be a mystery or bewildering to
  2. make more complicated


“And now, Sir John de Walton,” he said, “methinks you are a little churlish in not ordering me some breakfast, after I have been all night engaged in your affairs; and a cup of muscadel would, I think, be no bad induction to a full consideration of this perplexed matter.”

It still perplexes Kross that he survived while the firefighter on the other side of Josephine, Sergeant Bacco, did not.

He did in these extremities, as I conceive, most humbly recommend the direction of his judicial proceedings to the upright judge of judges, God Almighty; did submit himself to the conduct and guideship of the blessed Spirit in the hazard and perplexity of the definitive sentence, and, by this aleatory lot, did as it were implore and explore the divine decree of his goodwill and pleasure, instead of that which we call the final judgment of a court.

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