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Synonyms for confuse
kənˈfyuzcon·fuse

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Wiktionary0.0 / 0 votes

  1. confuseverb

    Synonyms:
    flummox

  2. confuseverb

    To thoroughly mix; to confound; to disorder.

    Synonyms:
    flummox

  3. confuseverb

    To rout; discomfit.

    Synonyms:
    flummox

  4. confuseverb

    To mix up; to puzzle; to bewilder.

    Synonyms:
    flummox

  5. confuseverb

    To make uneasy and ashamed; to embarrass.

    Synonyms:
    flummox

  6. confuseverb

    To mistake one thing for another.

    Synonyms:
    flummox

English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  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.

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

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

Princeton's WordNet3.5 / 2 votes

  1. confuse, confoundverb

    mistake one thing for another

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

    Synonyms:
    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"

    Synonyms:
    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"

    Synonyms:
    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"

    Synonyms:
    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"

    Synonyms:
    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 Contribution0.0 / 0 votes

  1. perplex

    very confused and baffled.

    he was so perplexed he started to cry.

    Submitted by rinat on June 7, 2017  

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. confuseverb

    Synonyms:
    mingle, intermingle, mix, blend, confound

  2. confuseverb

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

  3. confuseverb

    Synonyms:
    perplex, obscure, darken, render uncertain

  4. confuseverb

    Synonyms:
    mystify, embarrass, pose, nonplus, bewilder, flurry

  5. confuseverb

    Synonyms:
    abash, shame, mortify, discompose, disconcert, confound

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. confuseverb

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "confuse":

    confound, mislead, disorientate, obfuscate, mix, blur

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How to use confuse in a sentence?

  1. Maxime Bernier:

    This is the kind of dirty politics that confuse Canadians' faith in politics, he( Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer) is ready to steal the election with lies and manipulations.

  2. Tonatiuh Guillen Lopez:

    Migration should not be stigmatized. The one who championed denouncing the caravan and immigration as criminals was President Trump during the recent election campaign, just like President Trump did for President Trump presidential campaign, in which the bad guys were the Mexicans. So this is not the first time Donald Trump creates these enormous campaigns with an impact that is literally global through President Trump's communication means, but that has nothing to do with the reality of the humanitarian crisis that is present. I think it is a mistake to confuse a humanitarian crisis and use that crisis for purposes that we saw in the last electoral campaign.

  3. Seth Rogen:

    There’s tons of stuff from the comic that Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon hope to include, for people who know the comics, there are all sorts of Easter eggs … that don’tobviously confuse people that are just coming to the show for the first time.

  4. Rice University historian Douglas Brinkey:

    If they dont want to use a specific image, then dont use it. But to confuse the public is reprehensible.

  5. Dwight D. Eisenhower:

    May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.


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