What does confound mean?

Definitions for confoundkɒnˈfaʊnd, kən-; for 6 usu. ˈkɒnˈfaʊnd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word confound.

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Confound

    kon-fownd′, v.t. to overthrow, defeat: to mingle so as to make the parts indistinguishable: to throw into disorder: to perplex: to astonish.—p.adj. Confound′ed, confused: astonished: (coll.) consummate, egregious (a term of disapprobation).—advs. Confound′edly (coll.), hatefully, shamefully: cursedly; Confound′ingly, astonishingly.—Confound you, an execration or curse. [O. Fr. confondre—L. confundĕre, -fusumcon, together, fundĕre, to pour.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of confound in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of confound in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Aelius Donatus:

    Confound those who have said our remarks before us.

  2. Maria Montessori:

    The task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity.

  3. Xu Hong:

    Some people are trying to change the concept stealthily to confound right and wrong and black and white. They may be able to mislead public opinion for some time but eventually lies are lies and even repeated a thousand times will not become truth.

  4. Maria Montessori:

    The first idea that the child must acquire, in order to be actively disciplined, is that of the difference between good and evil; and the task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility, and evil with activity.

  5. Walt Whitman:

    My final merit I refuse you, I refuse putting from me what I really am, Encompass worlds but never try to encompass me, I crowd your sleekest and best by simply looking toward you. Writing and talk do not prove me, I carry the plenum of proof in my face, With the hush of my lips I wholly confound the skeptic.

Images & Illustrations of confound

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Translations for confound

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • засрамвам, слисвам, проклинам, обърквам, осуетявам, влошавам, шашкамBulgarian
  • verschlimmern, verwirren, verschlechternGerman
  • empeorar, confundirSpanish
  • kirota, saattaa hämilleen, hämmästyttää, sekoittaaFinnish
  • rugla, bæta gráu ofan á svart, gera vont verra, niðurlægjaIcelandic
  • confundatLatin
  • verslaan, verwarrenDutch
  • forvirreNorwegian
  • piorar, confundirPortuguese
  • încurcaRomanian
  • сбивать с толку, посрамлять, проклинать, смешивать, путать, ухудшатьRussian
  • fördömaSwedish
  • afallatmak, kafasını karıştırmak, şaşırtmakTurkish

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