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A matter of concern or difficulty; a problem:
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  1. A matter of concern or difficulty; a problem:
  2. A problem; matter open to discussion or inquiry
  3. Uncertainty; doubt:
A question of law or fact disputed by the parties.
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  1. A question of law or fact disputed by the parties.
  2. A point, matter, or question to be disputed or decided
  3. (Usage Problem) A problem or difficulty.
Something intricate; involved matter, proceeding, etc.
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  1. Something intricate; involved matter, proceeding, etc.
  2. Something intricate:
  3. That which is intricate or involved; as, the intricacy of a knot; the intricacy of accounts; the intricacy of a cause in controversy; the intricacy of a plot.
The punctuation mark “?", used at the end of a sentence to indicate a question.
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  1. The punctuation mark “?", used at the end of a sentence to indicate a question.
  2. A mark of punctuation (?) put after a sentence, word, etc. to indicate a direct question, and also used to express doubt, uncertainty, etc.; interrogation mark
  3. Attributive form of question mark
The condition of being confused or disoriented.
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  1. The condition of being confused or disoriented.
  2. The fact or condition of being bewildered
  3. A confusion; jumble
(Countable) Something that causes a state of confusion or puzzlement.
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  1. (Countable) Something that causes a state of confusion or puzzlement.
Something that is perplexed, or complicated
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  1. Something that is perplexed, or complicated
  2. Something that perplexes:
  3. The condition of being perplexed; bewilderment; confusion
  1. A puzzle.
  2. The state of being confused or baffled; perplexity.
A perplexing, usually ambiguous, statement; riddle
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  1. A perplexing, usually ambiguous, statement; riddle
  2. One that is puzzling, ambiguous, or inexplicable.
  3. A perplexing, baffling, or seemingly inexplicable matter, person, etc.
A work of fiction, a drama, or a film dealing with a puzzling crime.
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  1. A work of fiction, a drama, or a film dealing with a puzzling crime.
  2. One whose identity is unknown and who arouses curiosity:
  3. (Christianity) An incident from the life of Jesus, especially the Incarnation, Passion, Crucifixion, or Resurrection, of particular importance for redemption.
One that is perplexing; an enigma.
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  1. One that is perplexing; an enigma.
  2. Any puzzling, perplexing, or apparently inexplicable person or thing, as a difficult problem or enigmatic saying; enigma
  3. A problem or puzzle in the form of a question, statement, etc. so formulated that some ingenuity is required to solve or answer it
A misgiving, objection, or complaint:
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  1. A misgiving, objection, or complaint:
  2. A question to be considered, solved, or answered:
  3. A question, matter, situation, or person that is perplexing or difficult
A riddle whose answer contains a pun (Ex.: What's the difference between a jeweler and a jailer? One sells watches and the other watches cells.)
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  1. A riddle whose answer contains a pun (Ex.: What's the difference between a jeweler and a jailer? One sells watches and the other watches cells.)
  2. A paradoxical, insoluble, or difficult problem; a dilemma:
  3. Any puzzling question or problem
A jumbled, confused condition
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  1. A jumbled, confused condition
  2. (Informal) A fight, quarrel, or argument
  3. An intertwisted, confused mass of things, as string, branches, etc.; snarl
Any situation in which one must choose between unpleasant alternatives
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  1. Any situation in which one must choose between unpleasant alternatives
  2. (Usage Problem) A problem that seems to defy a satisfactory solution.
  3. Any serious problem
A state of uncertainty; perplexing situation or position; dilemma
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  1. A state of uncertainty; perplexing situation or position; dilemma
A labyrinth; a puzzle consisting of a complicated network of paths or passages, the aim of which is to find one's way.
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  1. A labyrinth; a puzzle consisting of a complicated network of paths or passages, the aim of which is to find one's way.
  2. A physical situation in which it is easy to get lost:
  3. A confusing, intricate network of winding pathways; specif., such a network with one or more pathways that are shut off at their ends, used as in behavioral testing of animals
Something highly intricate or convoluted in character, composition, or construction:
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  1. Something highly intricate or convoluted in character, composition, or construction:
  2. An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one's way; a maze.
  3. The system of interconnecting canals and spaces that make up the inner ear of many vertebrates. The labyrinth has both a bony component, made up of the cochlea, the semicircular canals, and the vestibule, and a membranous one.
A doubt
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  1. A doubt
  2. A question; an inquiry.
  3. A question mark (?) placed after a question or used to question the accuracy of written or printed matter
Any person of great knowledge or wisdom
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  1. Any person of great knowledge or wisdom
  2. The response given through such a medium, often in the form of an enigmatic statement or allegory.
  3. A person considered to be a source of wise counsel or prophetic opinions.
  1. Kabbalah
  2. Alternative spelling of Kaballah.
  3. Any esoteric or secret doctrine; occultism
Mental confusion
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  1. Mental confusion
  2. A state of mental confusion.
  3. A confused or disordered condition; mess, jumble, etc.
Esoteric matters or items.
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  1. Esoteric matters or items.
  2. Esoteric facts or things
Something that remains beyond understanding or explanation; a mystery:
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  1. Something that remains beyond understanding or explanation; a mystery:
  2. Something known only to a certain person or persons and purposely kept from the knowledge of others
  3. The true cause or explanation, regarded as not obvious
Doubtfulness or uncertainty as regards interpretation:
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  1. Doubtfulness or uncertainty as regards interpretation:
  2. Something of doubtful meaning:
  3. A confusion or uncertainty about the intention or meaning, especially of a provision in a contract or statute. A confusion or uncertainty about the intention or meaning, especially of a provision in a contract or statute.
A troublesome or embarrassing state of affairs, especially of financial affairs:
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  1. A troublesome or embarrassing state of affairs, especially of financial affairs:
  2. Something not easily done, accomplished, comprehended, or solved:
  3. The condition or fact of being difficult
Something that is perplexed, or complicated
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  1. Something that is perplexed, or complicated
  2. Something that perplexes:
  3. The condition of being perplexed; bewilderment; confusion
Failure to distinguish between things
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  1. Failure to distinguish between things
  2. (Psychology) A mental state involving impaired orientation with respect to time, place, or person.
  3. The act of confusing or the state of being confused:
The act of preventing the accomplishment or fulfillment of something:
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  1. The act of preventing the accomplishment or fulfillment of something:
  2. The feeling or state of being frustrated:
  3. Contract law: an inability to carry out a contract or perform a term of the contract due to supervening circumstances beyond the parties’ control, such as an event of force majeure. Contract law: an inability to carry out a contract or perform a term of the contract due to supervening circumstances beyond the parties’ control, such as an event of force majeure.
A statement that seems contradictory, unbelievable, or absurd but that may be true in fact (Ex.: “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink”)
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  1. A statement that seems contradictory, unbelievable, or absurd but that may be true in fact (Ex.: “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink”)
  2. A statement that is self-contradictory or logically untenable, though based on a valid deduction from acceptable premises.
  3. A person, situation, act, etc. that seems to have contradictory or inconsistent qualities
(Video games) A video game in which the player is presented with (usually abstract) puzzles to solve.
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  1. (Video games) A video game in which the player is presented with (usually abstract) puzzles to solve.
  2. One who solves puzzles as a hobby.
  3. A puzzling situation or problem; an enigma.
One who poses.
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  1. One who poses.
  2. A person who poses; esp., a poseur
  3. A baffling question or problem
A person or thing that teases
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  1. A person or thing that teases
  2. (Slang) An attention-getting vignette or highlight, as one presented before the start of a television show.
  3. An annoying or puzzling problem
(Archaic, slang) A boastful person.
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  1. (Archaic, slang) A boastful person.
  2. A difficult puzzle or problem.
  3. One who stumps, or speaks, or orates, as a politician.
A person who insists on the strict observance of something specified
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  1. A person who insists on the strict observance of something specified
  2. One who insists on something unyieldingly:
To confuse or perplex, especially so as to frustrate or prevent from taking action:
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  1. To confuse or perplex, especially so as to frustrate or prevent from taking action:
  2. To interfere with; hinder; impede
  3. To impede the force or movement of (a fluid).
To confuse hopelessly, as by something complicated or involved; befuddle; puzzle
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  1. To confuse hopelessly, as by something complicated or involved; befuddle; puzzle
  2. To confuse, puzzle or befuddle someone, especially with many different things.
  3. (Archaic) To cause to be lost, as in a wilderness
To confuse or trouble with uncertainty or doubt.
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  1. To confuse or trouble with uncertainty or doubt.
  2. To make confusedly intricate; complicate:
To bewilder deliberately; play on the credulity of; hoax
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  1. To bewilder deliberately; play on the credulity of; hoax
  2. To involve in mystery or obscurity; make obscure or hard to understand
  3. To confuse or bewilder.
To feel amazement or bewilderment at or about:
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  1. To feel amazement or bewilderment at or about:
  2. To become filled with wonder or astonishment.
  3. To be filled with admiring surprise; be amazed; wonder
(Provincial, Northern England) To earn, earn by labor; earn money or one's living. — Forby.
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  1. (Provincial, Northern England) To earn, earn by labor; earn money or one's living. — Forby.
  2. To become confused.
  3. To cause (someone) to think unclearly; confuse:
To perplex or confuse (someone)
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  1. To perplex or confuse (someone)
  2. To stupefy someone, especially with alcohol
  3. To cause (someone) to be unable to think clearly; confuse:
To confuse hopelessly, as by something complicated or involved; befuddle; puzzle
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  1. To confuse hopelessly, as by something complicated or involved; befuddle; puzzle
  2. (Archaic) To cause to be lost, as in a wilderness
  3. To confuse, puzzle or befuddle someone, especially with many different things.
To make (something bad) worse:
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  1. To make (something bad) worse:
  2. To fail to distinguish; mix up:
  3. To cause to become confused or perplexed.
To mix up; jumble together; put into disorder
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  1. To mix up; jumble together; put into disorder
  2. (--- Archaic) To cause to feel embarrassment.
  3. To cause to be unable to think with clarity or act with intelligence or understanding; bewilder or perplex.
(Informal) To upset the composure of; disconcert
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  1. (Informal) To upset the composure of; disconcert
  2. (Humorous) To throw into a state of confusion; to befuddle or perplex.
To make dizzy, to bewilder.
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  1. To make dizzy, to bewilder.
  2. To cause to have a whirling sensation.
  3. To confuse or bewilder.
To make drunk; intoxicate.
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  1. To make drunk; intoxicate.
  2. (Rare) To drink heavily; tipple
  3. To put into a state of confusion.
To muddle; confuse:
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  1. To muddle; confuse:
  2. To be mixed in a confused way:
  3. To mix in a confused way; throw together carelessly:
(Intransitive, idiomatic) Combine thoroughly.
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  1. (Intransitive, idiomatic) Combine thoroughly.
  2. (Idiomatic) To prepare something from ingredients that are mixed.
  3. (Intransitive, usually passive, with with, often with be or get) To become involved with, especially socially or romantically.
To mix (a drink or the ingredients of a drink), especially with a muddler.
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  1. To mix (a drink or the ingredients of a drink), especially with a muddler.
  2. To put into a state of confusion; confuse:
  3. To act or think in a confused way
To bewilder deliberately; play on the credulity of; hoax
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  1. To bewilder deliberately; play on the credulity of; hoax
  2. To involve in mystery or obscurity; make obscure or hard to understand
  3. To confuse or bewilder.
To make confusedly intricate; complicate:
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  1. To make confusedly intricate; complicate:
  2. To confuse or trouble with uncertainty or doubt.
To propel or discharge into the air by any means:
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  1. To propel or discharge into the air by any means:
  2. To form on a potter's wheel:
  3. To put on or off hastily or carelessly:
A paradoxical, insoluble, or difficult problem; a dilemma:
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  1. A paradoxical, insoluble, or difficult problem; a dilemma:
  2. A riddle whose answer contains a pun (Ex.: What's the difference between a jeweler and a jailer? One sells watches and the other watches cells.)
  3. Any puzzling question or problem
One that is puzzling, ambiguous, or inexplicable.
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  1. One that is puzzling, ambiguous, or inexplicable.
  2. A perplexing, usually ambiguous, statement; riddle
  3. A perplexing, baffling, or seemingly inexplicable matter, person, etc.
One whose identity is unknown and who arouses curiosity:
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  1. One whose identity is unknown and who arouses curiosity:
  2. A work of fiction, a drama, or a film dealing with a puzzling crime.
  3. (Christianity) An incident from the life of Jesus, especially the Incarnation, Passion, Crucifixion, or Resurrection, of particular importance for redemption.
Something that perplexes:
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  1. Something that perplexes:
  2. The condition of being perplexed; bewilderment; confusion
  3. Something that is perplexed, or complicated
(Video games) A video game in which the player is presented with (usually abstract) puzzles to solve.
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  1. (Video games) A video game in which the player is presented with (usually abstract) puzzles to solve.
  2. One who solves puzzles as a hobby.
  3. A puzzling situation or problem; an enigma.
One that is perplexing; an enigma.
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  1. One that is perplexing; an enigma.
  2. Any puzzling, perplexing, or apparently inexplicable person or thing, as a difficult problem or enigmatic saying; enigma
  3. A problem or puzzle in the form of a question, statement, etc. so formulated that some ingenuity is required to solve or answer it

Synonym Study

  • Conundrum is specifically applied to a riddle whose answer is a pun, or generally, to any puzzling question or problem
  • A riddle is a problem or enigma (usually in the form of a question in guessing games) that involves paradoxes
  • Enigma specifically applies to something whose meaning is hidden by cryptic or ambiguous allusions, or generally, to anything baffling and often mysterious
  • Mystery is applied to something beyond human knowledge or understanding, or may refer merely to any unexplained or seemingly inexplicable matter
  • A puzzle is a situation, problem, or, often, a contrivance, that requires some ingenuity to solve or explain
Find another word for puzzle. In this page you can discover 78 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for puzzle, like: question, issue, intricacy, question mark, difficulty, bewilderment, bafflement, perplexity, puzzlement, enigma and mystery.