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confound

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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
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blow one's mind, go to one's head

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2 to throw into a state of self-conscious distress

  • his renewed popularity has confounded the critics who said his singing career was dead
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3 to fail to differentiate (a thing) from something similar or related

  • I think you've confounded astrology with astronomy
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4 to prove to be false

  • new discoveries that confound much of what archaeologists thought they knew about the Mayan civilization
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give the lie to

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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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