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confound

[kon-found, kuhn-; for 6 usually kon-found]
verb (used with object)
1.
to perplex or amaze, especially by a sudden disturbance or surprise; bewilder; confuse: The complicated directions confounded him.
2.
to throw into confusion or disorder: The revolution confounded the people.
3.
to throw into increased confusion or disorder.
4.
to treat or regard erroneously as identical; mix or associate by mistake: truth confounded with error.
5.
to mingle so that the elements cannot be distinguished or separated.
6.
to damn (used in mild imprecations): Confound it!
7.
to contradict or refute: to confound their arguments.
8.
to put to shame; abash.
9.
Archaic.
a.
to defeat or overthrow.
b.
to bring to ruin or naught.
10.
Obsolete. to spend uselessly; waste.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English conf(o)unden < Anglo-French confoundre < Latin confundere to mix, equivalent to con- con- + fundere to pour

confoundable, adjective
confounder, noun
confoundingly, adverb
interconfound, verb (used with object)
preconfound, verb (used with object)
unconfound, verb (used with object)
unconfounding, adjective
unconfoundingly, adverb


1. dumbfound, daze, nonplus, astound.
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confound (kənˈfaʊnd)
 
vb
1.  to astound or perplex; bewilder
2.  to mix up; confuse
3.  to treat mistakenly as similar to or identical with (one or more other things)
4.  to curse or damn (usually as an expletive in the phrase confound it!)
5.  to contradict or refute (an argument, etc)
6.  to rout or defeat (an enemy)
7.  obsolete to waste
 
[C13: from Old French confondre, from Latin confundere to mingle, pour together, from fundere to pour]
 
con'foundable
 
adj
 
con'founder
 
n

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Word Origin & History

confound
late 13c., "discomfit, abash, confuse," from Anglo-Fr. confoundre, from O.Fr. confondre (12c.), from L. confundere "to confuse," lit. "to pour together, mix, mingle," from com- "together" + fundere "to pour" (see found (2)). The figurative sense of "confuse, fail to distinguish,
mix up" emerged in Latin, passed into French and thence into M.E., where it is mostly found in Scripture; the sense of "destroy utterly" is recorded in English from c.1300. The L. pp. confusus, meanwhile, became confused (q.v.).
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