confusticate

confusticate

[kuhn-fuhs-ti-keyt]
verb (used with object), confusticated, confusticating.
Slang. to confuse or perplex; bewilder.

Origin:
1845–50; used by J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit; pseudo-Latinism formed from English confuse

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Main Entry:  confusticate
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to confuse
Etymology:  alteration of confuse or confound
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confusticate
mid-19c., a fantastical Amer.Eng. coinage from confound or confuse, perhaps originally in minstrel show comedy, along with confubuscate, conflabberated, etc.
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