[kuh n-fyoo-zhuh n] /kənˈfyu ʒən/
the act of .
the state of being .
disorder; upheaval; tumult; chaos:
The army retreated in confusion.
lack of clearness or distinctness:
a confusion in his mind between right and wrong.
The more difficult questions left us in complete confusion.
embarrassment or abashment:
He blushed in confusion.
Psychiatry. a disturbed mental state; disorientation.
Archaic. defeat, overthrow, or ruin.
the act of confusing or the state of being confused
lack of clarity; indistinctness
late 13c., “overthrow, ruin,” from Old French confusion (11c.) “disorder, confusion, shame,” from Latin confusionem (nominative confusio) “a mingling, mixing, blending; confusion, disorder,” noun of action from confundere “to pour together,” also “to confuse” (see confound). Sense of “a putting to shame” (a sort of mental “overthrow”) is late 14c. in English, while that of “mental perplexity” is from 1590s.
confusion con·fu·sion (kən-fyōō’zhən)
Impaired orientation with respect to time, place, or person; a disturbed mental state.
- Confusion of tongues
at Babel, the cause of the early separation of mankind and their division into nations. The descendants of Noah built a tower to prevent their dispersion; but God “confounded their language” (Gen. 11:1-8), and they were scattered over the whole earth. Till this time “the whole earth was of one language and of one speech.” […]
[kuh n-fuhs-ti-keyt] /kənˈfʌs tɪˌkeɪt/ verb (used with object), confusticated, confusticating. 1. Slang. to confuse or perplex; bewilder. verb to confuse Word Origin alteration of confuse or confound v. mid-19c., a fantastical American English coinage from confound or confuse, perhaps originally in minstrel show comedy, along with confubuscate, conflabberated, etc.
[kon-fyoo-tey-shuh n] /ˌkɒn fyʊˈteɪ ʃən/ noun 1. the act of . 2. something that . 3. Classical Oratory. the fourth section of a speech, given over to direct refutation. n. mid-15c., from Latin confutationem (nominative confutatio), noun of action from past participle stem of confutare (see confute).
[kuh n-fyoot] /kənˈfyut/ verb (used with object), confuted, confuting. 1. to prove to be false, invalid, or defective; disprove: to confute an argument. 2. to prove (a person) to be wrong by argument or proof: to confute one’s opponent. 3. Obsolete. to bring to naught; confound. /kənˈfjuːt/ verb (transitive) 1. to prove (a person or […]