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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For now, at least, plenty of evangelical leaders are leaning into the conflation of nationalism and Trumpism and Christian identity — and are willing to reinterpret the words of Jesus in the process. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The GOP can’t rely on white evangelicals forever," 7 Nov. 2018 Morris’s conflation of his pastoral role with conservative politics is a powerful symbolic act. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "What one pastor’s anti-Nike protest says about religion and nationalism in America," 14 Sep. 2018 Officially, even priests with a homosexual orientation who remain celibate are barred from ministry, something that contributes to the rhetorical conflation of pedophilia and homosexuality that many conservatives espouse. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Catholic Church insiders are calling for Pope Francis to resign. Here’s why.," 28 Aug. 2018 From day one the program is a ludicrous conflation of false religion and pseudoscience. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Boy Erased’ Review: Toxic Treatment," 1 Nov. 2018 The tactic in play was to associate Obama as nearly as possible with terrorism, capitalizing on the conflation of the word with radical Islam in a post–9-11 United States. Prince Shakur, Teen Vogue, "The Legacy Left Behind by John McCain Is Imperfect Yet Impactful," 27 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of conflation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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