Confound definition

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To fail to distinguish; mix up.

Don't confound fiction and fact.

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To cause to become confused or perplexed.
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To make (something bad) worse.

Do not confound the problem by losing your temper.

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(archaic) To defeat or overthrow (an enemy).
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To mix up or lump together indiscriminately; confuse.
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To make feel confused; bewilder.
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To damn.
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To confuse; to mix up; to puzzle.
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To fail to see the difference; to mix up; to confuse right and wrong.
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To make something worse.

Don't confound the situation by yelling.

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To cause to be ashamed; to abash.

His actions confounded the skeptics.

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To defeat, to frustrate, to thwart.
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(dated) To damn (a mild oath).

Confound you!

Confound the lady!

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(archaic) To bring to ruination.
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(statistics) A confounding variable.
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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.

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To cause to be ashamed; abash.

An invention that confounded the skeptics.

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Used in mild curses.

Confound you!

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To frustrate or thwart.

Trivial demands that confounded the peace talks.

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(archaic) To defeat or destroy.
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(archaic) To abash.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of confound - confuscate

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
confound
Plural:
confounds

Origin of confound

  • Middle English confounden from Anglo-Norman confundre from Latin cōnfundere to mix together, confuse com- com- fundere to pour gheu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman cunfundre, from Old French confondre.

    From Wiktionary