Definitions for: Confound


[v] 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"
[v] mistake one thing for another; "you are confusing me with the other candidate"; "I mistook her for the secretary"



Webster (1913) Definition: Con*found" (k[o^]n*found"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Confounded; p. pr. & vb. n. Confounding.] [F. confondre,
fr. L. confundere, -fusum, to pour together; con- + fundere
to pour. See Fuse to melt, and cf. Confuse.]
1. To mingle and blend, so that different elements can not be
distinguished; to confuse.

They who strip not ideas from the marks men use for
them, but confound them with words, must have
endless dispute. --Locke.

Let us go down, and there confound their language.
--Gen. xi. 7.

2. To mistake for another; to identify falsely.

They [the tinkers] were generally vagrants and
pilferers, and were often confounded with the
gypsies. --Macaulay.

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

The gods confound... The Athenians both within and
out that wall. --Shak.

They trusted in thee and were not confounded. --Ps.
xxii. 5.

So spake the Son of God, and Satan stood A while as
mute, confounded what to say. --Milton.

4. To destroy; to ruin; to waste. [Obs.]

One man's lust these many lives confounds. --Shak.

How couldst thou in a mile confound an hour? --Shak.

Syn: To abash; confuse; baffle; dismay; astonish; defeat;
terrify; mix; blend; intermingle. See Abash.

Synonyms: bedevil, befuddle, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, mistake, throw

See Also: amaze, baffle, be, beat, bewilder, construe, demoralize, disorient, disorientate, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, interpret, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, see, stupefy, vex

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