confound


con·found

verb \kən-ˈfand, kän-\

: to surprise and confuse (someone or something)

: to prove (someone or something) wrong

—used as an interjection to express anger or annoyance

Full Definition of CONFOUND

transitive verb
1
a archaic :  to bring to ruin :  destroy
b :  baffle, frustrate <conferences … are not for accomplishment but to confound knavish tricks — J. K. Galbraith>
2
obsolete :  consume, waste
3
a :  to put to shame :  discomfit <a performance that confounded the critics>
b :  refute <sought to confound his arguments>
4
:  damn
5
:  to throw (a person) into confusion or perplexity
6
a :  to fail to discern differences between :  mix up
b :  to increase the confusion of
con·found·er \-ˈfan-dər\ noun
con·found·ing·ly \-diŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of CONFOUND

  1. The strategy confounded our opponents.
  2. The murder case has confounded investigators.
  3. The school's team confounded all predictions and won the game.
  4. The success of the show confounded critics.

Origin of CONFOUND

Middle English, from Anglo-French confundre, from Latin confundere to pour together, confuse, from com- + fundere to pour — more at found
First Known Use: 14th century

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