What does confusion mean?

Definitions for confusion
kənˈfyu ʒəncon·fu·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. confusionnoun

    disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably

    "the army retreated in confusion"

  2. confusion, mental confusion, confusedness, muddiness, disarraynoun

    a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior

    "a confusion of impressions"

  3. confusion, discombobulationnoun

    a feeling of embarrassment that leaves you confused

  4. confusionnoun

    an act causing a disorderly combination of elements with identities lost and distinctions blended

    "the confusion of tongues at the Tower of Babel"

  5. confusion, mix-upnoun

    a mistake that results from taking one thing to be another

    "he changed his name in order to avoid confusion with the notorious outlaw"


  1. confusionnoun

    A lack of clarity or order.

  2. confusionnoun

    The state of being confused; not understanding.

  3. Etymology: From confusion.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Confusionnoun

    Etymology: from confuse.

    God, only wise, to punish pride of wit,
    Among men’s wits hath this confusion wrought;
    As the proud tow’r, whose points the clouds did hit,
    By tongues confusion was to ruin brought. Davies.

    God is not a god of sedition and confusion, but of order and of peace. Richard Hooker, Preface.

    This is a happier and more comely time,
    Than when these fellows ran about the streets
    Crying confusion. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    The confusion of two different ideas, which a customary connexion of them in their minds hath made to them almost one, fills their head with false views, and their reasonings with false consequences. John Locke.

    The strength of their illusion,
    Shall draw him in to his confusion. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Confusion dwelt in ev’ry face,
    And fear in ev’ry heart,
    When waves on waves, and gulphs in gulphs,
    O’ercame the pilot’s art. Spectator, №. 489.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confusionnoun

    the state of being mixed or blended so as to produce indistinctness or error; indistinct combination; disorder; tumult

  2. Confusionnoun

    the state of being abashed or disconcerted; loss self-possession; perturbation; shame

  3. Confusionnoun

    overthrow; defeat; ruin

  4. Confusionnoun

    one who confuses; a confounder

  5. Etymology: [F. confusion, L. confusio.]


  1. ConFusion

    ConFusion is an annual science fiction convention organized by the Stilyagi Air Corps and its parent organization, the Ann Arbor Science Fiction Association. Commonly, it is held the third weekend of January. It is the oldest science fiction convention in Michigan, a regional, general SF con similar to Windycon and Lunacon. The programming consists of panels on science fiction and fantasy literature, media, science, society, art, costuming, etc. with discussions by authors, scientists, fans, and artists. There is a large music track, board and roleplaying games, KidFusion — a track of programming specifically for kids — and a masquerade or costume contest. ConFusion has a consuite as well as room parties hosted by other conventions, WorldCon bids, and local clubs.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Confusion

    A mental state characterized by bewilderment, emotional disturbance, lack of clear thinking, and perceptual disorientation.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'confusion' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3401

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'confusion' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4521

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'confusion' in Nouns Frequency: #1389

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of confusion in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of confusion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of confusion in a Sentence

  1. Steve Scalise:

    In fact, President Biden’s own CDC director said the vaccine does not prevent transmission, this is the same administration that allowed union bosses to write their own school reopening guidelines and has created mass confusion with their mixed public health messaging.

  2. Benjamin Rader:

    There's a lot of confusion about who qualifies, i think there's been a lot of bombarding people with information and it's hard to keep up with information coming from multiple sources at different times.

  3. Scott C. Holstad:

    on sale today we have Doubts, Insecurities, Depression and Guilt for reduced prices, in this section Self-Hatred, Suicidal Ideation and Anger. that section there has Betrayal, Inferiority, Hostility and Frustration, but in the back, the best … Confusion, Apathy, Paranoia, Irritation and the beloved Need-To-Kiss-Ass-At-Work all on sale for very, very low prices…

  4. John Carlin:

    What causes some confusion is that 'domestic terrorism' is not an offense or a charge.

  5. Andrew Yang:

    I don't look much like a white nationalist. It's been a point of confusion.

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