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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•foundkɒnˈfaʊnd, kən-; for 6 usu. ˈkɒnˈfaʊnd(v.t.)

  1. to perplex or amaze; bewilder; confuse.

  2. to throw into confusion or disorder.

  3. to throw into increased confusion or disorder.

  4. to treat or regard erroneously as identical; mix or associate by mistake:

    truth confounded with error.

  5. to mingle so that the elements cannot be distinguished or separated.

  6. to damn (used in mild imprecations):

    Confound it!

  7. to contradict or refute.

  8. to put to shame; abash.

  9. Archaic. to defeat or overthrow. to bring to ruin or naught.

Origin of confound:

1250–1300; ME < AF confoundre < L confundere to mix


Princeton's WordNet

  1. confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulate(verb)

    be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly

    "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled even the teacher"

  2. confuse, confound(verb)

    mistake one thing for another

    "you are confusing me with the other candidate"; "I mistook her for the secretary"


  1. confound(Noun)

    a confounding variable

  2. confound(Verb)

    To confuse; to mix up; to puzzle.

  3. confound(Verb)

    To fail to see the difference; to mix up; to confuse right and wrong.

  4. confound(Verb)

    To make something worse.

    Don't confound the situation by yelling.

  5. confound(Verb)

    To cause to be ashamed; to abash.

    His actions confounded the skeptics.

  6. confound(Verb)

    To defeat, to frustrate, to thwart.

  7. confound(Verb)

    To damn (mild oath).

  8. confound(Verb)

    To bring to ruination.

  9. confound(Verb)

    To stun, amaze

  10. Origin: From cunfundre, from confondre.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confound(verb)

    to mingle and blend, so that different elements can not be distinguished; to confuse

  2. Confound(verb)

    to mistake for another; to identify falsely

  3. Confound(verb)

    to throw into confusion or disorder; to perplex; to strike with amazement; to dismay

  4. Confound(verb)

    to destroy; to ruin; to waste

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to puzzle and surprise greatly.

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