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.
Origin and Etymology of confound
Middle English, from Anglo-French confundre, from Latin confundere to pour together, confuse, from com- + fundere to pour — more at found
First Known Use: 14th century
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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