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per-plexus , a, um, adj. plecto,
I.entangled, involved, intricate, confused (not in Cic. or Cæs.).
I. Lit.: “figurae,Lucr. 2, 102; cf. id. 2, 459; 463: “foramina linguae,id. 4, 621: “corpora terraï,id. 5, 452: “iter silvae,Verg. A. 9, 391; Plin. 9, 2, 1, § 2: “nervi,Vulg. Job, 40, 12.—
II. Trop., intricate, involved, confused, perplexed, unintelligible, dark, ambiguous, obscure, inscrutable: “sermones,Liv. 40, 5: “perplexius carmen,id. 25, 12: “perplexum Punico astu responsum,id. 35, 14 fin.—As subst., intricacy, perplexity: “ignorare se dixit, quidnam perplexi sua legatio haberet,id. 34, 57.—Comp.: “ratio perplexior,Plin. 2, 15, 13, § 62.—Hence, adv.: perplexē , confusedly, perplexedly, obscurely: “pergin', scelesta, mecum perplexe loqui?Ter. Eun. 5, 1, 1: “defectionem haud perplexe indicavere,Liv. 6, 13; Curt. 8, 5, 13.—Comp.: “perplexius errare,Prud. adv. Symm. 2, 847: “disputans,Amm. 25, 3, 23.—
B. Carefully, with minute care: “interrogando,Amm. 15, 1, 1.
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