- To confound is defined as to confuse someone, defeat an enemy or foil a plan.
- An example of confound is when you ask someone a really tough question.
- An example of confound is when you act in a suprising way, leaving friends confused about your behavior.
- An example of confound is when you stop a plot to overthrow the government.
- to mix up or lump together indiscriminately; confuse
- to make feel confused; bewilder
- to damn: used as a mild oath
- Archaic to defeat or destroy
- Archaic to abash
Origin: Middle English confouṅden ; from Old French confondre ; from Classical Latin confundere, to pour together, confuse ; from com-, together plush fundere, to pour: see found
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transitive verb con·found·ed, con·found·ing, con·founds
- To cause to become confused or perplexed. See Synonyms at puzzle.
- To fail to distinguish; mix up: confound fiction and fact.
- To make (something bad) worse: Do not confound the problem by losing your temper.
- To cause to be ashamed; abash: an invention that confounded the skeptics.
- To damn.
- a. To frustrate: trivial demands that confounded the peace talks.b. Archaic To bring to ruination.
Origin: Middle English confounden, from Anglo-Norman confundre, from Latin cōnfundere, to mix together, confuse : com-, com- + fundere, to pour; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.
- con·foundˈer noun
- con·foundˈing·ly adverb