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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Confusion  \Con*fu"sion\,  n.  [F.  confusion,  L.  confusio.] 
  1.  The  state  of  being  mixed  or  blended  so  as  to  produce 
  indistinctness  or  error;  indistinct  combination;  disorder; 
  tumult. 
 
  The  confusion  of  thought  to  which  the  Aristotelians 
  were  liable.  --Whewell. 
 
  Moody  beggars  starving  for  a  time  Of  pellmell  havoc 
  and  confusion.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  The  state  of  being  abashed  or  disconcerted;  loss 
  self-possession;  perturbation;  shame. 
 
  Confusion  dwelt  in  every  face  And  fear  in  every 
  heart.  --Spectator. 
 
  3.  Overthrow;  defeat;  ruin. 
 
  Ruin  seize  thee,  ruthless  king,  Confusion  on  thy 
  banners  wait.  --Gray. 
 
  4.  One  who  confuses;  a  confounder.  [Obs.]  --Chapmen. 
 
  {Confusion  of  goods}  (Law),  the  intermixture  of  the  goods  of 
  two  or  more  persons,  so  that  their  respective  portions  can 
  no  longer  be  distinguished.  --Blackstone.  --Bouvier. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  confusion 
  n  1:  disorder  resulting  from  a  failure  to  behave  predictably; 
  "the  army  retreated  in  confusion" 
  2:  a  mental  state  characterized  by  a  lack  of  clear  and  orderly 
  thought  and  behavior  [syn:  {mental  confusion},  {disarray}] 
  3:  a  feeling  of  embarrassment  that  leaves  you  confused  [syn:  {discombobulation}] 
  4:  a  mistake  that  results  from  taking  one  thing  to  be  another; 
  "he  changed  his  name  in  order  to  avoid  confusion  with  the 
  notorious  outlaw"  [syn:  {mix-up},  {confounding}] 




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