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confusion

[kuh n-fyoo-zhuh n] /kənˈfyu ʒən/
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
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin confūsiōn- (stem of confūsiō). See confuse, -ion
Related forms
confusional, adjective
preconfusion, noun
reconfusion, noun
superconfusion, noun
Synonyms
2. distraction. 3. turmoil, jumble, mess, disarray. 6. shame, mortification.
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British Dictionary definitions for superconfusion

confusion

/kənˈfjuːʒən/
noun
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
Derived Forms
confusional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for superconfusion

confusion

n.

late 13c., "overthrow, ruin," from Old French confusion (11c.) "disorder, confusion, shame," from Latin confusionem (nominative confusio) "a mingling, mixing, blending; confusion, disorder," 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 late 14c. in English, while that of "mental perplexity" is from 1590s.

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superconfusion in Medicine

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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