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confound

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of confound

  1. 1 to throw into a state of mental uncertainty we were confounded by the player's remote control, which wasn't at all user-friendly Synonyms of confound addle, baffle, bamboozle, beat, befog, befuddle, bemuse, bewilder, buffalo, confuse, discombobulate, disorient, flummox, fox, fuddle, get, gravel, maze, muddle, muddy, mystify, perplex, pose, puzzle, vexWords Related to confound stick, stump, weird out; abash, discomfit, disconcert, discountenance, embarrass, faze, fluster, mortify, nonplus, rattle; agitate, bother, chagrin, discomfort, discompose, dismay, disquiet, distress, disturb, perturb, stun, unhinge, unsettle, upset; beguile, cozen, deceive, delude, dupe, fool, gull, hoax, hoodwink, humbug, misguide, mislead, snow, string along, take in, trickNear Antonyms of confound assure, reassure, satisfy; enlighten, inform

  2. 2 to throw into a state of self-conscious distress his renewed popularity has confounded the critics who said his singing career was dead Synonyms of confound abash, embarrass, confuse, discomfit, disconcert, discountenance, faze, fluster, mortify, nonplus, rattleWords Related to confound agitate, bother, chagrin, discomfort, discompose, dismay, disquiet, distress, disturb, perturb, put off, put out, unhinge, unsettle, upset; debase, degrade, demean, humble, humiliate, queer, shameNear Antonyms of confound calm, comfort, console, relieve, soothe; buoy, cheer, embolden, encourage, hearten; assure, reassure

  3. 3 to fail to differentiate (a thing) from something similar or related I think you've confounded astrology with astronomy Synonyms of confound conflate, confuse, mistake, mix (up)Words Related to confound lump (together); misapply, miscall, misidentify, misnameAntonyms of confound difference, differentiate, discriminate, distinguish, separate

  4. 4 to prove to be false new discoveries that confound much of what archaeologists thought they knew about the Mayan civilization Synonyms of confound belie, disprove, confute, debunk, disconfirm, discredit, falsify, rebut, refute, shoot downWords Related to confound overthrow, overturn; challenge, contest, query, question; doubt, mistrust; debate, discuss, hash (over), moot, talk overNear Antonyms of confound document, evidence, evince, record, show, support, witness; back (up), buttress, corroborate, substantiate; adduce, attest, authenticate, certify, identify; demonstrate, display, illustrate, manifestAntonyms of confound confirm, establish, prove, validate, verify

Synonym Discussion of confound

puzzle, perplex, bewilder, distract, nonplus, confound, dumbfound mean to baffle and disturb mentally. puzzle implies existence of a problem difficult to solve.
    • the persistent fever puzzled the doctor
perplex adds a suggestion of worry and uncertainty especially about making a necessary decision.
    • a behavior that perplexed her friends
bewilder stresses a confusion of mind that hampers clear and decisive thinking.
    • a bewildering number of possibilities
distract implies agitation or uncertainty induced by conflicting preoccupations or interests.
    • distracted by personal problems
nonplus implies a bafflement that makes orderly planning or deciding impossible.
    • the remark left us utterly nonplussed
confound implies temporary mental paralysis caused by astonishment or profound abasement.
    • the tragic news confounded us all
dumbfound suggests intense but momentary confounding; often the idea of astonishment is so stressed that it becomes a near synonym of astound.
    • was at first too dumbfounded to reply


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