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Synonyms for confusion
kənˈfyu ʒən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. confusion(noun)

    disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably

    "the army retreated in confusion"

    confusedness, mental confusion, discombobulation, muddiness, mix-up, disarray

  2. confusion, mental confusion, confusedness, muddiness, disarray(noun)

    a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior

    "a confusion of impressions"

    disorderliness, murkiness, confusedness, muddiness, discombobulation, mix-up, disarray, sloppiness, wateriness, mental confusion, cloudiness

  3. confusion, discombobulation(noun)

    a feeling of embarrassment that leaves you confused

    confusedness, mental confusion, discombobulation, muddiness, mix-up, disarray

  4. confusion(noun)

    an act causing a disorderly combination of elements with identities lost and distinctions blended

    "the confusion of tongues at the Tower of Babel"

    confusedness, mental confusion, discombobulation, muddiness, mix-up, disarray

  5. confusion, mix-up(noun)

    a mistake that results from taking one thing to be another

    "he changed his name in order to avoid confusion with the notorious outlaw"

    confusedness, mental confusion, discombobulation, muddiness, mix-up, disarray


  1. confusion(noun)

    bewilderment, discombobulation, disarray


  2. confusion(noun)

    A lack of clarity or order.

    disarray, bewilderment, discombobulation


  3. confusion(noun)

    The state of being confused; not understanding.

    disarray, discombobulation, bewilderment


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. confusion

    Amazement and astonishment both express the momentary overwhelming of the mind by that which is beyond expectation. Astonishment especially affects the emotions, amazement the intellect. Awe is the yielding of the mind to something supremely grand in character or formidable in power, and ranges from apprehension or dread to reverent worship. Admiration includes delight and regard. Surprise lies midway between astonishment and amazement, and usually respects matters of lighter consequence or such as are less startling in character. Amazement may be either pleasing or painful, as when induced by the grandeur of the mountains, or by the fury of the storm. We can say pleased surprise, but scarcely pleased astonishment. Amazement has in it something of confusion or bewilderment; but confusion and bewilderment may occur without amazement, as when a multitude of details require instant attention. Astonishment may be without bewilderment or confusion. Wonder is often pleasing, and may be continuous in view of that which surpasses our comprehension; as, the magnitude, order, and beauty of the heavens fill us with increasing wonder. Compare PERPLEXITY.

    admiration, amazement, astonishment, awe, bewilderment, perplexity, surprise, wonder

    anticipation, calmness, composure, coolness, expectation, indifference, preparation, self-possession, steadiness, stoicism

    I was filled with amazement at such reckless daring.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. confusion(n.)

    confusedness, disorder, disarrangement, derangement, disarray, jumble, chaos, anarchy

  2. confusion(n.)

    tumult, turmoil, commotion, ferment, stir, agitation

  3. confusion(n.)

    distraction, perplexity, embarrassment, bewilderment, astonishment

  4. confusion(n.)

    shame, mortification, abashment

  5. confusion(n.)

    overthrow, destruction, defeat, ruin

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. confusion(n)

    disorder, tumult, turmoil, disarray, jumble, chaos, babel, pandemonium, commotion, abashment, chagrin, agitation, disconcertion, mortification, consternation fluster, perturbation, discomposure, flustration, obfuscation, distraction, flurry

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How to use confusion in a sentence?

  1. Liam Dalton:

    This has been a well-advertised point of confusion, so it isn't taking the market by surprise, while there is concern, and it has become in vogue to say that stocks are expensive, it is hard to say what they're expensive relative to. Cash remains abundant and interest rates are low, and we should generally go up in an environment like that.

  2. Livonia Police Capt. Ron Taig:

    He's trying to swim. He's trying to get in a position to get upright. There's a lot of people playing. I think he gets lost in the confusion.

  3. Denise Campbell Mays:

    A mother's love is greater than a child's confusion.

  4. World Choice spokesman Pete Owens:

    It has added to confusion in discussions about the expansion of our dinner theaters to new locations across the country and around the world, some of our guest comments and comments of developers, in markets around the country with whom we spoke, show a misconception of what our show is. They do not realize the Stampede is a very patriotic, spectacular, horse show with 32 beautiful horses as the stars.

  5. President Francois Hollande:

    Islam is compatible with democracy and we should refuse any confusion (about this).

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