I recently encountered this word while reading an article and found that its two basic definitions are "Bewildered" and "Unfazed." How can the word mean both these things as they seem to be direct opposites of each other?
Should the sentence in which it's used always explicitly reveal the intended meaning?
And while many of us might be a little taken aback if Mom showed up at our offices, Secrist is utterly nonplussed, even happy about it. source
In the above sentence, it's obvious that Secrist is "unfazed" without even knowing the definition of nonplussed.
Instead of adding clarity to the meaning being conveyed, "nonplussed" seems to just add confusion. Then again, maybe I'm missing something. Thoughts?
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