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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Confound  \Con*found"\  (k[o^]n*found"),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p. 
  {Confounded};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Confounding}.]  [F.  confondre 
  fr  L.  confundere  -fusum,  to  pour  together;  con-  +  fundere 
  to  pour.  See  {Fuse}  to  melt,  and  cf  {Confuse}.] 
  1.  To  mingle  and  blend,  so  that  different  elements  can  not  be 
  distinguished;  to  confuse. 
 
  They  who  strip  not  ideas  from  the  marks  men  use  for 
  them  but  confound  them  with  words  must  have 
  endless  dispute.  --Locke. 
 
  Let  us  go  down  and  there  confound  their  language. 
  --Gen.  xi  7. 
 
  2.  To  mistake  for  another;  to  identify  falsely. 
 
  They  [the  tinkers]  were  generally  vagrants  and 
  pilferers,  and  were  often  confounded  with  the 
  gypsies.  --Macaulay. 
 
  3.  To  throw  into  confusion  or  disorder;  to  perplex;  to  strike 
  with  amazement;  to  dismay. 
 
  The  gods  confound...  The  Athenians  both  within  and 
  out  that  wall.  --Shak. 
 
  They  trusted  in  thee  and  were  not  confounded.  --Ps. 
  xxii.  5. 
 
  So  spake  the  Son  of  God,  and  Satan  stood  A  while  as 
  mute,  confounded  what  to  say  --Milton. 
 
  4.  To  destroy;  to  ruin;  to  waste.  [Obs.] 
 
  One  man's  lust  these  many  lives  confounds.  --Shak. 
 
  How  couldst  thou  in  a  mile  confound  an  hour?  --Shak. 
 
  Syn:  To  abash;  confuse;  baffle;  dismay;  astonish;  defeat; 
  terrify;  mix;  blend;  intermingle.  See  {Abash}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  confound 
  v  1:  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"  [syn:  {confuse},  {throw},  {fox}, 
  {befuddle},  {fuddle},  {bedevil},  {discombobulate}] 
  2:  mistake  one  thing  for  another;  "you  are  confusing  me  with 
  the  other  candidate";  "I  mistook  her  for  the  secretary" 
  [syn:  {mistake},  {confuse}] 




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