American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cause to be unable to think with clarity or act with intelligence or understanding; throw off.
- v. To cause to feel embarrassment.
- v. To mistake (for another): confused effusiveness with affection.
- v. To make opaque; blur: "The old labels ... confuse debate instead of clarifying it” ( Christopher Lasch).
- v. To assemble without order or sense; jumble.
- v. Archaic To bring to ruination.
- v. To make something unclear or incomprehensible: a new tax code that only further confuses.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To mingle together, as two or more things, ideas, etc., which are properly separate and distinct; combine without order or clearness; throw together indiscriminately; derange; disorder; jumble.
- To perplex or derange the mind or ideas of; embarrass; disconcert; bewilder; confound.
- To fuse together; blend into one.
- To take one idea or thing for another. Synonyms To derange, disarrange, disorder, mix, blend, jumble, involve, confound.
- To become mixed up; become involved.
- Mixed; confused: as, “a confuse cry,”
- Perplexed; confounded; disconcerted.
- v. To thoroughly mix; to confound; to disorder.
- v. obsolete To rout; discomfit.
- v. To mix up; to puzzle; to bewilder.
- v. To make uneasy and ashamed; to embarrass.
- v. To mistake one thing for another.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Mixed; confounded.
- v. To mix or blend so that things can not be distinguished; to jumble together; to confound; to render indistinct or obscure; ; to
- v. To perplex; to disconcert; to abash; to cause to lose self-possession.
- v. assemble without order or sense
- v. make unclear, indistinct, or blurred
- v. cause to feel embarrassment
- v. be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
- v. mistake one thing for another
- Back formation from Middle English confused ("frustrated, ruined"), from Anglo-Norman confus, from Latin confusus, past participle of confundō. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English confusen, from Old French confus, perplexed, from Latin cōnfūsus, past participle of cōnfundere, to mix together; see confound. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The best way to confuse is to make a bold assertion opposite the truth.”
“I guess they are trying to loophole their way until the next election, and we've already been hearing the "death squad" and "Obama Czar" wacko talk, trying to once again confuse the American public into trusting their wacko leaders.”
“Somewhere, the actual goal, or "requirement" to improve by some number got lost on the way to Oz. Hence, the PROCESS became the REQUIREMENT to "address" something as we once again confuse an ACTIVITY with a RESULT.”
“You again confuse not wishing to provoke a nuclear conflict with a deranged dictatorship as approval for same.”
“Lead with Love title confuse them: this is a book about peak performance and it essentially”
“His enlightening management philosophy has led to the writing of his books Any manager aspiring to superior leadership would be wise to study Gerrys advice, and should not let the Lead with Love title confuse them: this is a book about peak performance and it essentially "demands" that the leader establish clear and stretch expectations, and to then hold the team members accountable for achievement.”
“Jack Davey, by the way, is a lady, not a man, so don't let the name confuse you.”
“Just yesterday, we heard Sen. McCain confuse Sunni and Shiite, Iran and Al Qaeda.”
“Just yesterday, we heard Sen. McCain confuse Sunni and Shiite, Iran and Al Qaeda," said Obama.”
“Don't let the health care jargon confuse you as the Obama administration works toward reform.”
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Key words from "The Training of a Public Speaker" by Grenville Kleiser (New York and London, 1920)
As in, 'confused' and 'entranced' both.
Very basic words for ESL students.
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...where "X" is a transitive verb that describes your effect on my attitude.
Essentially a more succinct version of this song.
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