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confound  (kənˈfaʊnd


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 (informal), dumbfound, nonplus, flabbergast (informal)
= 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 (slang), 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'

For a second time, he had been forced to confound the rules that said his should be an arm's-length role.
The laws of probability would eventually confound his pursuers.
Terman, Douglas Cormorant
`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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