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Nonplus  v. t.  (past & past part. nonplused or nonplussed; pres. part. nonplusing or nonplussing)  To puzzle; to confound; to perplex; to cause to stop by embarrassment. "He has been nonplused by Mr. Dry's desiring him to tell what it was that he endeavored to prove."

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"Nonplus" Quotes from Famous Books

... parsons, one may doubt If 'tisn't money well laid out;— Of all, in short, and each degree Of that once happy Hierarchy, Which used to roll in wealth so pleasantly; But now, alas! is doomed to see Its surplus brought to nonplus presently! ...
— The Complete Poems of Sir Thomas Moore • Thomas Moore et al

... that for the preservation of strict decorum, they had been commanded by the rector to make fast the gates. No excuses would avail them. The scholars were cogent reasoners, and a show of staves soon brought their opponents to a nonplus. In this line of argument they were perfectly aware of their ability to ...
— Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 1 • Charles Dudley Warner

... this time, and a great while afterwards, was at a terrible nonplus; for he had no liking, not he, to stage-plays, nor to Miss Isabella either—to his mind, as it came out over a bowl of whisky-punch at home, his little Judy M'Quirk, who was daughter to a sister's son of mine, was worth twenty ...
— Castle Rackrent • Maria Edgeworth

... "Nonplus, quandary, strait, pass, pinch, pretty pass, stress, brunt; critical situation, crisis; trial, rub, emergency, ...
— Journalism for Women - A Practical Guide • E.A. Bennett

... or twelve, or between any of these hours; nay it might have been past midnight, and far advancing to the morning, for what I know to the contrary. The reader must excuse an infant of—there again I am at a nonplus; but we will assume of some days old—if, when wrapped up in flannel and in a covered basket, and, moreover, fast asleep at the time, he does not exactly observe the state of the weather, and the time by the church clock. I never before was aware of the great importance of dates in telling a story; ...
— Japhet, In Search Of A Father • Frederick Marryat

... himself of pursuit, May had only had to invent a pretended accomplice, and this simple stratagem had sufficed to nonplus those ...
— Monsieur Lecoq • Emile Gaboriau

... make us feel the heat with greater force. Then barranca followed barranca. The horses climbed up one crag, and slid down another. By two o'clock we were all starving with hunger, but nothing was to be had. Even Nebuchadnezzar would have found himself at a nonplus. The Count de B—— contrived to buy some graniditas and parched corn from an Indian, which kept us quiet for a little while; and we tried to console ourselves by listening to our arrieros, who struck up some wild ...
— Life in Mexico • Frances Calderon De La Barca

... suffer if he did not help them. So as he condescended, & prepared him selfe against the time; and when y^e day came, the Lord did so help him to defend y^e truth & foyle this adversarie, as he put him to an apparent nonplus, in this great & publike audience. And y^e like he did a 2. or 3. time, upon such like occasions. The which as it caused many to praise God y^t the trueth had so famous victory, so it procured him much honour & respecte from those ...
— Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation' • William Bradford

Words linked to "Nonplus" :   stick, puzzle, befuddle, fuddle, pose, gravel, get, beat, flummox, baffle, bedevil, throw, discombobulate, amaze, dumbfound, mix up, mystify, perplex, vex, confound, bewilder, elude, stupefy, escape, fox, confuse

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