To confuse; to mix up; to puzzle.
To fail to see the difference; to mix up; to confuse right and wrong.
To make something worse.
Don't confound the situation by yelling.
To cause to be ashamed; to abash.
His actions confounded the skeptics.
To defeat, to frustrate, to thwart.
To damn (mild oath).
To bring to ruination.
To stun, amaze
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Any sense of inferiority abashes, with or without the sense of wrong. The poor are abashed at the splendor of wealth, the ignorant at the learning of the wise. "I might have been abashed by their authority."
GladstoneHomeric Synchron., p. 72. [ Harper & Bros.'76.] To confuse is to bring into a state of mental bewilderment; to confound is to overwhelm the mental faculties; to daunt is to subject to a certain degree of fear. Embarrass is a strong word, signifying primarily hamper, hinder, impede. A solitary thinker may be confused by some difficulty in a subject, or some mental defect; one is embarrassed in the presence of others, and because of their presence. Confusion is of the intellect, embarrassment of the feelings. A witness may be embarrassed by annoying personalities, so as to become confused in statements. To mortify a person is to bring upon him a painful sense of humiliation, whether because of his own or another's fault or failure. A pupil is confused by a perplexing question, a general confounded by overwhelming defeat. A hostess is discomposed by the tardiness of guests, a speaker disconcerted by a failure of memory. The criminal who is not abashed at detection may be daunted by the officer's weapon. Sudden joy may bewilder, but will not abash. The true worshiper is humbled rather than abashed before God. The parent is mortified by the child's rudeness, the child abashed at the parent's reproof. The embarrassed speaker finds it difficult to proceed. The mob is overawed by the military, the hypocrite shamed by exposure. "A man whom no denial, no scorn could abash." FieldingAmelia bk. iii, ch. 9, p. 300. [ Bell & Sons'71.] Compare CHAGRIN; HINDER.
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confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulateverb
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"
fuddle, dun, befuddle, mix up, fox, booze, flip, frustrate, blur, cast off, jumble, thrust, have, make, switch, fob, throw, cast, crucify, flim-flam, obscure, flurry, torment, give, bemuse, drink, hold, put off, trick, shake off, throw off, pull a fast one on, confuse, throw away, play a joke on, play tricks, contrive, drop, play a trick on, bewilder, hurl, discombobulate, rag, project, disconcert, bedevil, shed, obnubilate
mistake one thing for another
"you are confusing me with the other candidate"; "I mistook her for the secretary"
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How to use confound in a sentence?
The task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity.
The first idea that the child must acquire, in order to be actively disciplined, is that of the difference between good and evil; and the task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility, and evil with activity.
Some people are trying to change the concept stealthily to confound right and wrong and black and white. They may be able to mislead public opinion for some time but eventually lies are lies and even repeated a thousand times will not become truth.
Actually there are a number of voices of reason on this issue from genuine international law experts who have had some serious and objective comments, but all those comments have been neglected or ignored by some people, some people are trying to change the concept stealthily to confound right and wrong and black and white. They may be able to mislead public opinion for some time but eventually lies are lies and even repeated a thousand times will not become truth.
My final merit I refuse you, I refuse putting from me what I really am, Encompass worlds but never try to encompass me, I crowd your sleekest and best by simply looking toward you. Writing and talk do not prove me, I carry the plenum of proof in my face, With the hush of my lips I wholly confound the skeptic.
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- осуетявам, засрамвам, слисвам, шашкам, проклинам, обърквам, влошавамBulgarian
- verschlimmern, verschlechtern, verwirrenGerman
- empeorar, confundirSpanish
- hämmästyttää, sekoittaa, saattaa hämilleen, kirotaFinnish
- bæta gráu ofan á svart, rugla, niðurlægja, gera vont verraIcelandic
- verwarren, verslaanDutch
- piorar, confundirPortuguese
- путать, сбивать с толку, посрамлять, ухудшать, проклинать, смешиватьRussian
- şaşırtmak, afallatmak, kafasını karıştırmakTurkish
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