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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the word “robustious” is probably a conflation of “robust” and “boisterous”
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, the conflation of evidence of immunity with proof of citizenship—and the next-step conclusion that national identity implies a national mandate to be vaccinated—is making vaccine passports the latest missile in the culture wars. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, "Covid-19 Vaccine Passports Are Coming. What Will That Mean?," 2 Apr. 2021 Is there a more sophisticated nomenclature that would avoid inappropriate conflation of a certain group of people or a place with a pathogen? The Atlantic, "Listen: A History of Pandemic Xenophobia and Racism," 26 Mar. 2021 The conflation of democracy and meritocracy is essential to this exercise: claims to expertise legitimate elite authority. Jackson Lears, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy’s Genuine Crisis," 14 Jan. 2021 The Proud Boys had seized on Trump’s conflation to recast their small-scale rivalry with antifascists in leftist strongholds like Berkeley and Portland as the front line of a national culture war. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "Among the Insurrectionists," 15 Jan. 2021 Many have taken issue with her conflation of race and caste. New York Times, "Times Critics’ Top Books of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020 The mistaken conflation of race and genetics is often compounded by outdated ideas that medical authorities (mostly white) have perpetuated about people of color. The Editors, Scientific American, "Take Racism Out of Medical Algorithms," 23 Nov. 2020 Hackett said there’s too much conflation that regional representation and hometown representation is the same. Ana Faguy,, "Ellicott City rapper JayMoney Hackett embraces his Howard County roots in his first album," 7 Dec. 2020 The conflation is due to a tradition in parts of Europe that the gift bringer at Christmas is an incarnation of the young Jesus, not the old fat guy in the sleigh. Eric Zorn,, "Column: Yes, Virginia, there is a Kriss Kringle, but please don’t say so," 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of conflation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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10 Apr 2021

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“Conflation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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