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"

Wiktionary

  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.]

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. Heather Conley:

    I think quite frankly (Kerry's) visit is a microcosm of the confusion about U.S. policy towards Russia, it's a lot of political capital to send the secretary of state if you don't have a clear objective of what you want to accomplish.

  2. 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.

  3. Charles Caleb Colton:

    Times of general calamity and confusion create great minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storms.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    It seems to me that perfection of means and confusion of goals seems to characterize our age.

  5. Justin Clark:

    Democrats are the ones trying to fundamentally change how we vote, they are inserting chaos and confusion into our voting process because it is the only way they can win. The President is committed to fair and free elections and ensuring everyone who is eligible to vote, gets their vote counted.

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