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  • adv. In a confused manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a confused manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a confused manner; in mixed mass or multitude, without order; indiscriminately; indistinctly; unclearly; indistinguishably.
  • With confusion or agitation of mind.

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

  • adv. in a confused manner


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  • I recalled confusedly the warning of the Chief of Police and father not to say anything of what I had seen.

    The Other Side of the Door

  • Recalling confusedly the torturing hurry of his late journeys, he dreaded, as his consciousness of the whole situation returned, the coming of the guards.

    Marius the Epicurean — Volume 2

  • When the purchaser presents himself, they withdraw these bags from the pressure to which they are subject; the merchant, with a careless air, gives a slight push with his fist to the bottom of the crown, to raise it up, smooths the front upon his knee, and presents to your eyes an object at once whimsically fantastical, which recalls confusedly to your memory those fabulous head-dresses favored by box-keepers, aunts of opera dancers, or duennas of provincial theaters.

    Mysteries of Paris — Volume 02

  • Too much occupied with the acquaintances which they would be able to form and the invitations it might perhaps be possible to secure, they knew absolutely nothing, even in after-years, of what there was in this priceless museum of the archives of the Monarchy, and could only recall confusedly that it was decorated with cacti and giant palms which gave this centre of social elegance a look of the palmarium in the Jardin d’Acclimatation.

    The Guermantes Way

  • In that respect – in taking seriously, even if confusedly or imperfectly, heretical notions like design – I think the book does very well for itself.

    Blast From the Past

  • The materialist who doesn't understand this confusedly thinks of patterns made by atoms as being matter itself.

    Against Darwinism

  • "I was over in Mill Valley last night," Dave began confusedly.

    When the World Was Young

  • Appearing on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) confusedly attacked the science of climate change: George, the idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment is almost comical.

    Wonk Room » The WonkLine: April 20, 2009

  • There were women weeping around — I hung over it, and joined my sad tears to theirs — all this time no distinct idea presented itself to my mind; but my thoughts rambled to various subjects, reflecting confusedly on my misfortunes, and their cause.

    Chapter 23

  • They will pile the scrap outside their warehouse, half formed prophets who stagger away confusedly, their perfect teeth askew.



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