Whether those increases are because of environmental exposures or from other confounding variables is difficult to determine.
They were simply seen as easy, wealthy targets, confounding local conventions of the time.
He has shown an uncanny knack in this campaign for defying political gravity and confounding the oddsmakers.
One of the most confounding aspects of the process, these officials say, is why the State Department is seen as largely untouchéd.
It is a deeply human and affecting personal story coupled with a confounding mystery story.
But we must not fall into the gross error of confounding true beauty with that which has only the name.
It seemed to me that he was confounding cause with effect; but I did not argue the point.
The author has been sometimes accused of confounding fiction with reality.
But to my solitary eye the spectacle was an amazing and confounding one.
Behold the power of illusion that hath been spread by God, who confounding with his illusion, maketh creatures slay their fellows!
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.).