Simple Definition of confound
: 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
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
confounderplay \-ˈfau̇n-dər\ noun
confoundinglyplay \-diŋ-lē\ adverb
Examples of confound in a sentence
The strategy confounded our opponents.
The murder case has confounded investigators.
The school's team confounded all predictions and won the game.
The success of the show confounded critics.
Origin and Etymology 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
Synonym Discussion of confound
Rhymes with confound
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