conflation

noun
con·fla·tion | \ kən-ˈflā-shən \

Definition of conflation 

: blend, fusion especially : a composite reading or text

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Examples of conflation in a Sentence

the word “robustious” is probably a conflation of “robust” and “boisterous”

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The idea of laws being inflexible and authority being absolute — the kind of mentality suggested by the Trump administration’s devotion to one interpretation of Romans 13 — is central to the conflation of GOP party politics and white evangelicalism. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Top Trump evangelical ally: Jesus never broke immigration law," 11 July 2018 Aided by Katie Mitchell’s modern-dress production, Mr. Crimp and Mr. Benjamin have made something more ambiguous and timeless: a tale of a leader’s catastrophic conflation of his personal desires with the identity of his suffering country. New York Times, "Review: A Long-Awaited New Opera Is a Raucous Beauty," 11 May 2018 Thank you for pointing that out because ICE has become sort of the catch all resistance to this administration, conflation everywhere. Fox News, "Tom Fitton: FBI looked for excuses to target Trump's team," 7 July 2018 The Times article rests on a strange conflation of civility (which is about obeying conventional rules of decorum) with morality. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Is civility really the problem in modern political discourse?," 21 June 2018 But experts increasingly recognize this as a conflation of two separate things. Anchorage Daily News, "Unintended consequences: Inside the fallout of America’s crackdown on opioids," 17 June 2018 But experts increasingly recognize this as a conflation of two separate things. Anchorage Daily News, "Unintended consequences: Inside the fallout of America’s crackdown on opioids," 17 June 2018 The other large offering is a conflation of the Tuscan seafood stew cacciucco and the tofu stew sundubu. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Andersonville’s Passerotto is a tale of two peninsulas," 21 June 2018 Now, their joint narrative arc—a masterful conflation of art, commerce, and gossip—has culminated in a second arena tour and a surprise full-length album. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Surprise Album Makes Marriage Into a Spectacle," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of conflation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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