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.


  1. Confusion

    Confusion is a single released by British group New Order in August 1983 with the catalogue number FAC 93. It was the follow-up to their breakthrough hit "Blue Monday" and is unique for having both Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner playing bass guitars on it. The song is produced by influential New York DJ Arthur Baker. As a result, it was recorded in New York, a rarity for the band. Three remixes served as B-sides on the initial 12" release: "Confused Beats", "Confusion Instrumental" and "Confusion Rough Mix". The two tracks on side A ("Confusion" and "Confused Beats") are mixed together, which when played in sequence, act as a thirteen and half minute long remix by Arthur Baker. The "Rough Mix" on side B is the original song mixed by New Order.


  1. confusion

    Confusion is a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought, understanding, or the ability to make coherent decisions. This condition often involves the perception of mixed or contradictory information, ambiguous signals, or uncertainty, leading to disorientation, perplexity, or misunderstanding. Confusion can result from various elements such as lack of sleep, stress, cognitive disorders, or certain medications.

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. William Reinsch:

    At this stage, there is mass confusion.

  2. Vernon Howard:

    Your central self is totally untouched By grief, confusion, desperation.

  3. Greg Peters:

    I think their window has closed on them, if they aren't going to do anything, they should stop threatening the market that they are going to move. It is adding confusion.

  4. Katherine Schwarzenegger:

    The divorce untangling... it takes, you know, a year, ... The confusion of the simplicity of the act of getting married, which mentally you understand -- OK,Im making a commitment in front of people that I love to be with this person for the rest of my life, that I love -- and then its like, you sign a paper.

  5. Larry Smith:

    However, there was some confusion during that time. Mark Allen McWilliams made the suspect lay down on the floor... the pastor got distracted... talking to his wife and the suspect lunged at him and was able to take the firearm out of his hand.

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    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    • A. lank
    • B. tantamount
    • C. repugnant
    • D. motile

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