The general was trying to confuse the enemy.
The new evidence only confused matters further.
You must be confusing me with someone else.
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Middle English confusen, back-formation from confused "frustrated, ruined," participle based on Anglo-French confus, borrowed from Latin confūsus, past participle of confundere "to pour together, blend, bring into disorder, destroy, disconcert" — more at confound