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confound

verb con·found \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
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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

Synonym Discussion of CONFOUND

puzzle, perplex, bewilder, distract, nonplus, confound, dumbfound mean to baffle and disturb mentally. puzzle implies existence of a problem difficult to solve <the persistent fever puzzled the doctor>. perplex adds a suggestion of worry and uncertainty especially about making a necessary decision <a behavior that perplexed her friends>. bewilder stresses a confusion of mind that hampers clear and decisive thinking <a bewildering number of possibilities>. distract implies agitation or uncertainty induced by conflicting preoccupations or interests <distracted by personal problems>. nonplus implies a bafflement that makes orderly planning or deciding impossible <the remark left us utterly nonplussed>. confound implies temporary mental paralysis caused by astonishment or profound abasement <the tragic news confounded us all>. dumbfound suggests intense but momentary confounding; often the idea of astonishment is so stressed that it becomes a near synonym of astound <was at first too dumbfounded to reply>.
CONFOUNDER Defined for Kids

confound

verb con·found \kən-ˈfand, kän-\
con·found·edcon·found·ing

Definition of CONFOUND for Kids

:  confuse 1 <The crime has confounded police.>

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