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confound (kənˈfaʊnd Pronunciation for confound


verb (transitive)

  1. to astound or perplex; bewilder
  2. to mix up; confuse
  3. to treat mistakenly as similar to or identical with (one or more other things)
  4.  (kɒnˈfaʊnd) . to curse or damn (usually as an expletive in the phrase confound it!)
  5. to contradict or refute (an argument, etc)
  6. to rout or defeat (an enemy)
  7. (obsolete) to waste

Derived Forms

conˈfoundable adjective
conˈfounder noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French confondre, from Latin confundere to mingle, pour together, from fundere to pour


View thesaurus entry
= bewilder, baffle, amaze, confuse, astonish, startle, mix up, astound, perplex, surprise, mystify, flummox, boggle the mind, be all Greek to, dumbfound, nonplus, flabbergast
= disprove, contradict, refute, negate, destroy, ruin, overwhelm, explode, overthrow, demolish, annihilate, give the lie to, make a nonsense of, prove false, blow out of the water, controvert, confute

Translations for 'confound'

  • British English: confound If someone or something confounds you, they make you feel surprised or confused, often by showing you that your opinions or expectations of them were wrong. VERBHe momentarily confounded his critics by his cool handling of the crisis.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: desconcertar
  • Chinese: 使吃惊使吃惊驚
  • European Spanish: confundir
  • French: confondre
  • German: verblüffen
  • Italian: sconcertare
  • Japanese: 困惑させる
  • Korean: 난처하게 하다
  • Portuguese: desconcertar
  • Spanish: confundir

Example Sentences Including 'confound'

But the star striker continues to confound the cynics by making positive noises about his future with the club.
Belfast Telegraph (2004)
Comparisons between countries also confound the idea that more education translates into more growth.
Spiked (2004)
For a second time, he had been forced to confound the rules that said his should be an arm's-length role.
John Warhurst, professor of politics at the Australian National University, believes that Mr Howard could confound his critics once again.
New Zealand Herald (2004)
That, in turn, could confound their natural ability to keep track of calories.
canada.com (2004)
The laws of probability would eventually confound his pursuers.
Terman, Douglas Cormorant
The tendency of operational research work to confound the expectations of those who commission it is well known in industry.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Yet at least I most sincerely hope that the mission will frustrate and confound them, bringing them to utter and permanent discredit.
O'Brian, Patrick The Thirteen Gun Salute
`He will wear a crown wrought for him alone, imbued with magic to confound the forces that threaten us.
Harris, Elizabeth Time of the Wolf


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