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Synonyms for confuse

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  1. confuseverb


  2. confuseverb

    To thoroughly mix; to confound; to disorder.


  3. confuseverb

    To rout; discomfit.


  4. confuseverb

    To mix up; to puzzle; to bewilder.


  5. confuseverb

    To make uneasy and ashamed; to embarrass.


  6. confuseverb

    To mistake one thing for another.


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. confuse

    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." Gladstone Homeric 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." Fielding Amelia bk. iii, ch. 9, p. 300. [Bell & Sons '71.] Compare CHAGRIN; HINDER.

    abash, bewilder, chagrin, confound, daunt, discompose, disconcert, dishearten, embarrass, humble, humiliate, mortify, overawe, shame

    animate, buoy, cheer, embolden, encourage, inspirit, rally, uphold

Princeton's WordNet

  1. confuse, confoundverb

    mistake one thing for another

    "you are confusing me with the other candidate"; "I mistook her for the secretary"

    discombobulate, fuddle, fox, bedevil, obnubilate, throw, befuddle, blur, flurry, put off, confound, disconcert, mix up, jumble, obscure

  2. 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, confound, 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, throw away, play a joke on, play tricks, contrive, drop, play a trick on, bewilder, hurl, discombobulate, rag, project, disconcert, bedevil, shed, obnubilate

  3. confuse, flurry, disconcert, put offverb

    cause to feel embarrassment

    "The constant attention of the young man confused her"

    fuddle, put over, confound, befuddle, set back, fox, turn off, sidestep, blur, jumble, dishearten, circumvent, discomfit, mix up, defer, parry, dodge, remit, elude, duck, skirt, obscure, flurry, prorogue, hedge, throw, put off, evade, discompose, table, upset, postpone, shelve, untune, hold over, disconcert, discombobulate, fudge, bedevil, obnubilate

  4. jumble, confuse, mix upverb

    assemble without order or sense

    "She jumbles the words when she is supposed to write a sentence"

    discombobulate, throw, confound, mingle, bedevil, mix up, jumble, scramble, throw together, flurry, blur, obnubilate, disconcert, obscure, befuddle, stump, put off, fox, fuddle

  5. confuse, blur, obscure, obnubilateverb

    make unclear, indistinct, or blurred

    "Her remarks confused the debate"; "Their words obnubilate their intentions"

    fuddle, film over, slur, confound, befuddle, fog, fox, becloud, jumble, cloud, smutch, mix up, glaze over, flurry, bedim, blot out, dim, obscure, mist, blur, throw, obliterate, haze over, overcloud, smear, hide, put off, smudge, befog, veil, disconcert, discombobulate, blear, bedevil, obnubilate

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Editors Contribution

  1. perplex

    very confused and baffled.

    he was so perplexed he started to cry.

    Submitted by rinat on June 7, 2017  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. confuseverb

    mingle, intermingle, mix, blend, confound

  2. confuseverb

    disorder, disarrange, derange, disturb, jumble, throw into disorder or confusion

  3. confuseverb

    perplex, obscure, darken, render uncertain

  4. confuseverb

    mystify, embarrass, pose, nonplus, bewilder, flurry

  5. confuseverb

    abash, shame, mortify, discompose, disconcert, confound

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. confuseverb

    disconcert, perplex, abash, fluster, embarrass, chagrin, pose, nonplus, bewilder, obfuscate, discompose, addle, obscure, confound, derange

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "confuse":

    confound, mislead, disorientate, obfuscate, mix, blur

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  1. Ryan Pack:

    Religious Opinions: Are you dead because Satan pulled the trigger or are you dead because God didn't protect and defend you? When Satan pulled the trigger what happened? You died. When God didn't protect and defend you what happened? You died. God not protecting and defending you is equally malicious to Satan pulling the trigger. That is why I think God is Satan and Satan is God because they seem to have equally malicious wills. They both killed you. Satan killed you when he pulled the trigger and God killed you when he didn't protect and defend you. When you die you will either go to Heaven or Hell. If you go to Heaven you will be walking with the will of Satan and the image of God who will pretend to love you and give you peace and if you go to Hell you will be walking with the will of God and the image of Satan who will torture you, harm you and cause you pain. Satan will love you in Heaven and God will torture you in Hell. God wants you to think he's good so he uses Satan's image to harm you. Satan doesn't want you to think he's evil so he uses God's image to give you love and peace. Why does God need Satan? To deceive you. Why does Satan need God? To deceive you. There is no good God of Heaven just as there is no evil Satan of Hell, it is just the will of evil playing both roles of God and Satan to confuse/deceive you. If God can turn water into wine then he could just as easily turn God into Satan or Satan into God. If God has the power to create the sun, the moon, the stars, the oceans, the mountains, life, the universe then he has the power to do anything. If God has the power to create Heaven then he has the power to create Hell. If God has the power to create day then he has the power to create night. If God has the power to create birth/life then he has the power to create dying/death. If God has the power to create pleasure then he has the power to create pain. If God has the power to create peace then he has the power to create suffering. If God has the power to create good then he has the power to create evil. If God created Heaven and Hell then why would you need Satan? If God is responsible for all peace and suffering then why would you need Satan? I believe that the will of evil is in control of the universe so it is my opinion that good people will go to Hell and suffer and evil people will go to Heaven and have peace. The will of evil wants to see good suffer and evil prosper and that's why I think good people will go to Hell and evil people will go to Heaven. It is my opinion that if you go to Heaven you are evil and if you go to Hell you are actually good. God may also take some good people to Heaven and throw some bad people in Hell to confuse and deceive you.

  2. Chen Fengying:

    We cannot be soft with Trump. He is using his 'irrationality' as a tactic and he is trying to confuse us, but if we could accomplish some of the things that he wants us to do - such as IP, market reforms, he'd be helping us. Of course there are risks, those would depend on how we handle those reforms.

  3. Dwight D. Eisenhower:

    Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, we may never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

  4. Tim Mullins:

    In pursuing the investigation, prosecutors have asked and the school district certainly agrees, and we have made the commitment not to do or say anything that would confuse, interfere with or in effect obstruct their pursuit of justice on behalf of the victims of these criminal acts, the school district is honoring that commitment.

  5. Flavio Volpe:

    The administration has always had a distorted sense of the national interest because they confuse it with the re-election of a president who would sell it to pay personal debts.

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