conflate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v conflate mix together different elements "The colors blend well"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Conflate To blow together; to bring together; to collect; to fuse together; to join or weld; to consolidate. "The State-General, created and conflated by the passionate effort of the whole nation."
    • Conflate to ignore distinctions between, by treating two or more distinguishable objects or ideas as one; to confuse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • conflate To blow together; bring together as if by convergent winds.
    • conflate In diplomatics, to form by inadvertent combination of two readings of the same words. See conflation, 3.
    • conflate Blown together; wafted together from several sources; heterogeneous.
    • conflate In diplomatics, marked by conflation; inadvertently formed by combining two different readings into one: as, a conflate text or passage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Conflate kon-flāt′ to blow together: to produce: to combine two variant readings of a text into one
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. conflatus, p. p. of conflare, to blow together; con-, + flare, to blow
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. conflatusconflāre, to blow together—con, and flāre, to blow.

Usage

In literature:

For their part, police publicly conflate all hacking crimes with robbing payphones with crowbars.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
There is still, however, too much conflation, and owing to the plan of the volume, the edition only extends to 1066.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
VI and VII are conflations of two varieties of one incident, as is pointed out in the Annotations.
"The Latin & Irish Lives of Ciaran" by Anonymous
We find (p. 93) Conflation, or Conflate Readings, introduced as proving the 'posteriority of Syrian to Western ... and other ...
"The Causes of the Corruption of the Traditional Text of the Holy Gospels" by John Burgon
New London and New York are conflated into New York; the Revolutionary War is changed to the War of 1812.
"Alida" by Amelia Stratton Comfield
This is proved by the "conflations" which are found in it.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
It must be admitted that such conflation is contrary to Luke's habit.
"Sources of the Synoptic Gospels" by Carl S. Patton
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In news:

While not celebrating their five Pulitzers, the New York Times rediscovered Twitter in a number of short, uninteresting ways that conflate twitter with youth (original.
This is very, very foul-mouthed, so be warned, but the Internet's leading humorist, Iowahawk, has brilliantly conflated the health-care debate and David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross in a screamingly funny post you can read here.
" —Andy Stern, Getting America Back on Track: A Country That Works, Simon & Schuster, 2006 "It is as if he cant help conflating the fate of workers with the fate of his daughter.
Guilt by Association Let's stop conflating the creationist hoi polloi with skeptical climate scientists.
First of all, nearly every reputable psychologist and psychiatrist, not to mention almost every scholarly study, decisively rejects the conflation of homosexuality with pedophilia, as well as any cause-and-effect relationship.
In the 2009 title film of this program, birds are conflated with humans in an appealing, sometimes goofy collage style.
Subsidiarity is not a synonym for federalism, as Ryan has it, and it should never be conflated with economic libertarianism or individualism.
Elizabeth Taylor had nothing to do with music—or, more accurately, nothing to do with the formal standards of technique that traditionalists still conflate with musicality—and that fact has led me to realize something about Frank Sinatra.
But the former House speaker seemed to conflate the two arguments over the weekend, suggesting that his grandchildren could eventually find themselves "in a secular atheist country" that is potentially dominated by "radical Islamists.
His rags-to- riches tale is remarkable not just for its trajectory but for the way he has thrived amid China's seemingly impossible conflation of capitalism and communism.
This conflation of skepticism with cynicism is irresponsible.
Putin says Russia faces real security threats in coming years as it hosts the World Cup and Olympics, but may also be conflating opposition leaders like Sergei Udaltsov with terrorists.
But whatever the outcome of this current controversy, it is troubling to realize that scandals like this suggest a dangerous conflation of pomp and circumstance with philanthropy .
There certainly wasn't very much of it in a recent Associated Press screed conflating this summer's weather and global warming.
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In science:

A stainless steel block machined for six ConFlat attachments forms the core of the ultrahigh vacuum system.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
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