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Meaning of CONFOUND

Pronunciation:  kân'fawnd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [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"
  2. [v]  mistake one thing for another; "you are confusing me with the other candidate"; "I mistook her for the secretary"

CONFOUND is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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}.

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