confuse

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v confuse mistake one thing for another "you are confusing me with the other candidate","I mistook her for the secretary"
    • v confuse make unclear, indistinct, or blurred "Her remarks confused the debate","Their words obnubilate their intentions"
    • v confuse be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly "These questions confuse even the experts","This question completely threw me","This question befuddled even the teacher"
    • v confuse assemble without order or sense "She jumbles the words when she is supposed to write a sentence"
    • v confuse cause to feel embarrassment "The constant attention of the young man confused her"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Koala bears have fingerprints so similar to humans that they could be confused at a crime scene.
    • a Confuse Mixed; confounded.
    • Confuse To mix or blend so that things can not be distinguished; to jumble together; to confound; to render indistinct or obscure; as, to confuse accounts; to confuse one's vision. "A universal hubbub wild
      Of stunning sounds and voices all confused ."
    • Confuse To perplex; to disconcert; to abash; to cause to lose self-possession. "Nor thou with shadowed hint confuse A life that leads melodious days.""Confused and sadly she at length replied."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The fingerprints of koala bears are almost indistinguishable from those of humans, so much that they could be confused at a crime scene.
    • confuse To mingle together, as two or more things, ideas, etc., which are properly separate and distinct; combine without order or clearness; throw together indiscriminately; derange; disorder; jumble.
    • confuse To perplex or derange the mind or ideas of; embarrass; disconcert; bewilder; confound.
    • confuse To fuse together; blend into one.
    • confuse To take one idea or thing for another. Synonyms To derange, disarrange, disorder, mix, blend, jumble, involve, confound.
    • confuse To become mixed up; become involved.
    • confuse Mixed; confused: as, “a confuse cry,”
    • confuse Perplexed; confounded; disconcerted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: You can tell how a rabbit is feeling (emotion-wise) through the position of its ears. If the ears are standing tall, pointing forward, the rabbit is happy and curious. If the ears are laid completely flat on its back and are pointing backwards, the rabbit is more than likely pissed off or frightened. If one ear is halfway up and somewhat cocked towards you, and the other one is standing compeltely up, but facing away from you, then the rabbit is confused, and curious as to what the heck you're doing.
    • v.t Confuse kon-fūz′ to pour or mix together so that things cannot be distinguished: to throw into disorder: to perplex
    • v.i Confuse to be confused
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Quotations

  • George Santayana
    George%20Santayana
    “Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.”
  • David Fyfe
    David Fyfe
    “It is dangerous to confuse children with angels.”
  • Daniel Boone
    Daniel Boone
    “I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.”
  • Robert Frost
    Robert%20Frost
    “I'm not confused, I'm just well mixed.”
  • Larry Leissner
    Larry Leissner
    “If confusion is the first step to knowledge, I must be a genius.”
  • Henry Miller
    Henry%20Miller
    “Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not yet understood.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. confus, L. confusus, p. p. of confundere,. See Confound

Usage

In literature:

Dr. Brende stood in confused astonishment, staring at the wreck of the instrument table.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
It was hampered by the confusion of foreign issues.
"Woodrow Wilson and the World War" by Charles Seymour
What a scene of confusion!
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
Many factors played a part in this process of blending and confusion of sex.
"The Evolution of the Dragon" by G. Elliot Smith
The Federal infantry supporting the guns broke and fled in confusion.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
In the confusion, Rag, lying almost beneath his comrades' feet, got himself kicked.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
On reaching the wharf, a scene of wild confusion was witnessed.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Talk confuses women and renders them helpless.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
But the thought was swept away in the confused flood of impressions upon me.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
CONFUSION OF ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
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In poetry:

And they mingle, lo! they mingle,
With my living wife and child,
Seem to thrust them from their places
And confuse their presence mild.
"The Old Piano" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
The images of the invaded mind
Being as the monsters in the dreams
Of your most brief enchanted headful,
Suppose a miracle of confusion:
"Prelude To An Evening" by John Crowe Ransom
Be darkness, at Thy coming, light;
Confusion, order in Thy path;
Souls without strength inspire with might;
Bid mercy triumph over wrath.
"O Spirit of the Living God" by James Montgomery
What confusion! What a roaring!
Halt! thou devil's pack, have care!
On the pike is lanced the horseman--
Headless stands the Cossack there!
"The Delibash" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
Forgive these wild and wandering cries,
Confusions of a wasted youth;
Forgive them where they fail in truth,
And in thy wisdom make me wise.
"In Memoriam A. H. H.: Preface" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Yes, she is fled ! for ever fled !
(Ye throbs of madness spare my brain)
Nor shoot thro' this confused head
The burning messengers of pain !
"The Forsaken Husband" by Laura Sophia Temple

In news:

The recent option to cast votes through email and fax is leaving some New Jersey voters confused as to how they can get their vote to count.
Brand Hijacking Means Romney's Voters Confused With Obama.
Bucher doesn't think voters will be confused by absentee ballots.
Female Star Caught Acting Confused .
Arpaio campaign uses confused early ballot warning in robocall.
Obama must be confused about free enterprise.
Confused by all the polls.
Jefferson County legislative delegation confused , but what's new.
I think I understand most of the issues we face but I'm completely confused about units that are held in trust.
Confused Dog Can't Fit Through Door – Teresa's Aww of the Day.
Confused about the role of a congressman.
Some numbers and ingredients can be confusing and even deceptive.
His cryptic suicide note left relatives concerned and confused:"I'm going to go to hell for what I did," he wrote.
If you want to check out a charity to make sure your donations will be used wisely, prepare to be confused: Ratings can differ markedly, depending on who does them.
Older drivers face confusing array of license laws.
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In science:

To avoid confusions, we denote by x 7→ x′ the multiplication by i ′ .
On simple real Lie bialgebras
In order to avoid confusion, a scheme or a stack X , when considered as a D-stack will always be denoted by i(X ), or simply by iX .
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces
Such a spacetime is defined to be globally hyperbolic, which is not be confused with the fact that any Lorentz manifold has a globally hyperbolic normal pseudo-metric.
Proper Time Foliations of Lorentz Manifolds
In general, these three concepts are invoked in the treatment of the problem of the arrow of time, but usually with no elucidation of their precise meanings; this results in confusions that contaminate many interesting discussions.
The cosmological origin of time-asymmetry
In order to avoid confusion, we will use the term p–good for the new definition.
The speed of biased random walk on percolation clusters
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