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confounded

adjective

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1 deserving of one's condemnation or displeasure
  • that confounded dog chewed up my shoe

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2 faced with difficulty or uncertainty about what to say, think, or do
  • the sudden burden of familial responsibility has left him anxious and confounded

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3 suffering from mental confusion
  • since their house is old and impressive-looking, they are frequently imposed upon by confounded tourists

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confounded

verb
past tense of confound

Synonyms & Antonyms of confounded (Entry 2 of 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

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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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The first known use of confounded was in the 14th century

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“Confounded.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/confounded. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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