Definition of confound
4 : damn
5 : to throw (a person) into confusion or perplexity tactics to confound the enemy
6a : to fail to discern differences between : mix up They implored Charles not to confound the innocent with the guilty … — T. B. Macaulayb : to increase the confusion of
confounderplay \kən-ˈfau̇n-dər, kän-\ noun
confoundinglyplay \kən-ˈfau̇n-diŋ-lē, kän-\ adverb
Examples of confound in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of confound from the Web
Some, confounded by the bad news, appear to look to the universe for answers, however unlikely.
Corbyn’s supporters look to the unexpected victories for U.S. President Donald Trump and the Leave campaign in last year’s EU referendum as evidence polls can and will be confounded.
The leaks filled a gap that can confound national tax authorities, including those in the U.S.
Indeed, as anyone who follows the investment world knows (and Professor Fisher forgot, to his eternal shame), markets have a way of confounding all expectations, sometimes within days.
Further confounding matters, the co-pay for visiting a doctor, plus the cost of prescriptions, which may or may not be covered by insurance, can impede patient access to these newer medications.
Many of the same principles of movement that invigorated the Spurs would then fuel the Warriors, only to more confounding geometry.
Staring at a flock of mixed gulls during winter can be confounding:
Making your way through this cruel, confounding, ever-changing world is difficult.
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Synonym Discussion of confound
CONFOUND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of confound for English Language Learners
: to surprise and confuse (someone or something)
: to prove (someone or something) wrong
—used as an interjection to express anger or annoyance
CONFOUND Defined for Kids
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