Use the adjective perplexed to describe someone who is utterly baffled or confused. If you've ever studied for the wrong test and been surprised and confused by the exam in front of you, you've been perplexed.

There's a particular bewildered kind of facial expression that goes along with the word perplexed. It's the kind of emotion that's hard to disguise. The Latin root perplexus means "confused or entangled," and "entangled" is a great way to imagine the tangled thoughts and confusion of someone who's perplexed.

Definitions of perplexed
  1. adjective
    full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment
    perplexed language”
    perplexed state of the world”
    mentally confused; unable to think with clarity or act intelligently
    at a loss, nonplused, nonplussed, puzzled
    filled with bewilderment
    at sea, baffled, befuddled, bemused, bewildered, confounded, confused, lost, mazed, mixed-up
    perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment
    metagrabolised, metagrabolized, metagrobolised, metagrobolized, mystified
    totally perplexed and mixed up
    questioning, quizzical
    perplexed (as if being expected to know something that you do not know)
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    experiencing no difficulty or confusion or bewilderment
    unbaffled, unconfused
    not perplexed by conflicting situations or statements
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