confusion

[kuhn-fyoo-zhuhn]
noun
1.
the act of confusing.
2.
the state of being confused.
3.
disorder; upheaval; tumult; chaos: The army retreated in confusion.
4.
lack of clearness or distinctness: a confusion in his mind between right and wrong.
5.
perplexity; bewilderment: The more difficult questions left us in complete confusion.
6.
embarrassment or abashment: He blushed in confusion.
7.
Psychiatry. a disturbed mental state; disorientation.
8.
Archaic. defeat, overthrow, or ruin.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin confūsiōn- (stem of confūsiō). See confuse, -ion

confusional, adjective
preconfusion, noun
reconfusion, noun
superconfusion, noun


2. distraction. 3. turmoil, jumble, mess, disarray. 6. shame, mortification.
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confusion (kənˈfjuːʒən)
 
n
1.  the act of confusing or the state of being confused
2.  disorder; jumble
3.  bewilderment; perplexity
4.  lack of clarity; indistinctness
5.  embarrassment; abashment
 
con'fusional
 
adj

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confusion
late 13c., "overthrow, ruin," from O.Fr. confusion (11c.), from L. confusionem, noun of action from confundere "to pour together," also "to confuse" (see confound). Sense of "a putting to shame" (a sort of mental "overthrow") is mid-14c., while that of "mental perplexity" is from 1590s.
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confusion con·fu·sion (kən-fyōō'zhən)
n.
Impaired orientation with respect to time, place, or person; a disturbed mental state.

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Example sentences
Confusion about the nature of the so-called information age has led to a state
  of collective false consciousness.
The crowd stirred with confusion and the stadium quieted.
The large red circles intertwine with the next and can cause confusion to many
  people.
Somewhere in all this information may lie clues to help scientists cut through
  much of today's confusion.
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