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”

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But, surprisingly, Democrats and many members of the media also seem to have accepted the conflation of conspiracy with collusion, and have failed to make much of an issue of the latter. Ben Bradlee Jr., The New Yorker, "How Collusion Confusion Helps Trump," 12 June 2019 Certainly, lazy conflations should be avoided—as evidenced by those who equated the United States’ bombing of Milosevic with the United States’s bombing of Hanoi. Susie Linfield, The New York Review of Books, "Syria’s Torture Photos: Witness to Atrocity," 9 Feb. 2019 The key challenge here has always been this conflation of really violent security incidences and constant attacks. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Why the Ebola outbreak in DRC is so difficult to contain," 2 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of conflation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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