He may be an exception, but his example proves that grace can confound the expectations and machinations of curial politics.
Yet, as a whole, the events that transpired between 1900 and 2000 B.C.E. still manage to confound the contemporary imagination.
A wonderful thing about hairy men,” she says, “is that they confound your expectations.
To complicate and confound matters further, North Korea has done more than simply throw grenades.
The increase in recognition of autism spectrum disorders in Western countries continues to confound and confuse.
When Mr Cavendish awoke, he said to himself, "confound these women!"
But no—confound it—there was some one coming down the avenue!
They've got a name for it, you know; it's—confound you, don't you understand?
confound her, it was like her pale face to be wandering up and down the house!
Why, confound you, sir, here we have just got her into as lovely a perspiration as ever I saw upon a human subject!
c.1300, "make uneasy, abash," from Anglo-French confoundre, Old French confondre (12c.) "crush, ruin, disgrace, throw into disorder," from Latin confundere "to confuse," literally "to pour together, mix, mingle," from com- "together" (see com-) + fundere "to pour" (see found (v.2)).
The figurative sense of "confuse, fail to distinguish, mix up" emerged in Latin, passed into French and thence into Middle English, where it is mostly found in Scripture; the sense of "destroy utterly" is recorded in English from c.1300. Meaning "perplex" is late 14c. The Latin past participle confusus, meanwhile, became confused (q.v.).