Definition of confound
- a performance that confounded the critics
- sought to confound his arguments
- tactics to confound the enemy
- They implored Charles not to confound the innocent with the guilty …
- —T. B. Macaulay
The strategy confounded our opponents.
The murder case has confounded investigators.
The school's team confounded all predictions and won the game.
The success of the show confounded critics.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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