conflation

noun
con·​fla·​tion | \ kən-ˈflā-shən How to pronounce conflation (audio) \

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”
Recent Examples on the Web Slippery-slope theory is a common trope of conservative thinkers, as is conflation, but the opinion was nonetheless curious given that in states like Texas, acts of bestiality were actually legal. Marlon James, Time, "What a Landmark LGBTQ Case Reveals About Two Clashing Visions of America," 23 Jan. 2020 Not the whole overwrought overman stuff, and not the conflation of pity and weakness. Christian Wiman, Harper's magazine, "The Cancer Chair," 20 Jan. 2020 An indelicate conflation of these two statistics led to 53206’s dubious claim to fame. Caleb Gayle, The New Republic, "Inside the “Most Incarcerated” Zip Code in the Country," 15 Oct. 2019 The conflation of meat-free diets with morality and self-discipline has a long history. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Where do you find amazing vegan Vietnamese food in the Bay Area? Look for this Buddhist temple in East Palo Alto," 11 Oct. 2019 There is a conflation of lies and truth to create a miasma of misinformation, and a stoking of racial and religious grievance to solidify political animosities. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Will our migrant detention cages be studied in tomorrow’s museums?," 18 July 2019 There is a conflation of lies and truth to create a miasma of misinformation, and a stoking of racial and religious grievance to solidify political animosities. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Will our migrant detention cages be studied in tomorrow’s museums?," 18 July 2019 There is a conflation of lies and truth to create a miasma of misinformation, and a stoking of racial and religious grievance to solidify political animosities. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Will our migrant detention cages be studied in tomorrow’s museums?," 18 July 2019 There is a conflation of lies and truth to create a miasma of misinformation, and a stoking of racial and religious grievance to solidify political animosities. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Will our migrant detention cages be studied in tomorrow’s museums?," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of conflation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jan 2020

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“Conflation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conflation. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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