Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of confusing or the state of being confused: Backstage confusion made the rehearsal difficult.
  • n. An instance of being confused: "After his awakening to Chicano identity, he briefly mastered his inner confusions and found an articulate voice” ( David C. Unger).
  • n. Psychology Impaired orientation with respect to time, place, or person; a disturbed mental state.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lack of clarity or order.
  • n. The state of being confused; not understanding.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being mixed or blended so as to produce indistinctness or error; indistinct combination; disorder; tumult.
  • n. The state of being abashed or disconcerted; loss self-possession; perturbation; shame.
  • n. Overthrow; defeat; ruin.
  • n. One who confuses; a confounder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of confusing or mingling together two or more things or notions properly separate; the act or process of becoming confused or thrown together in disorder, so as to conceal or obliterate original differences, etc.
  • n. The state of being confused or mixed together, literally or figuratively; an indiscriminate or disorderly mingling; disorder; tumultuous condition: as, the confusion of the crowd.
  • n. The state of having confused or indistinct ideas; lack of clearness of thought.
  • n. Perturbation of mind; embarrassment; abashment; trouble; distraction.
  • n. Overthrow; destruction; ruin.
  • n. One who confuses; a confounder; a troubler.
  • n. In civil law, merger of two titles in the same person.
  • n. In civil law and Scots law, an extinction of an obligation or servitude by the fact that the two persons whose divided position is requisite for the continuance of a debt become one person, for example, when one becomes the heir of the other.
  • n. Synonyms Derangement, jumble, chaos, turmoil.
  • n. Perplexity, bewilderment, distraction, mortification.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an act causing a disorderly combination of elements with identities lost and distinctions blended
  • n. a mistake that results from taking one thing to be another
  • n. a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior
  • n. a feeling of embarrassment that leaves you confused
  • n. disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably

Etymologies

From Old French confusion. (Wiktionary)

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  • And there he sits, munching and gnawing, and looking up at the great cross on the summit of St. Paul's Cathedral, glittering above a red-and-violet-tinted cloud of smoke. From the boy's face one might suppose that sacred emblem to be, in his eyes, the crowning confusion of the great, confused city--so golden, so high up, so far out of his reach.
    -Charles Dickens Bleak House

    Another of my very favourite quotes.

    July 26, 2009

  • this word comes to mind when i think of how to share lists with others on wordie. hmmm....

    February 18, 2009

  • I know someone who claims to have this ability to overwhelmingly confuse and befuddle others. Also sometimes called incomprehensibility.

    May 15, 2008

  • A group of weasels

    November 16, 2007