Definition of conflate in English:

conflate

Syllabification: con·flate
Pronunciation: /kənˈflāt
 
/

verb

[with object]
  • Combine (two or more texts, ideas, etc.) into one: the urban crisis conflates a number of different economic and social issues
    More example sentences
    • We have the difficult task of fighting them, while protecting innocents in a war where the enemy deliberately and cynically conflates the two.
    • The Russian language does not premise argument upon evidence; it conflates the two.
    • There are in fact two distinct arguments, but I will argue that neither works on its own, and that the plausibility of utilitarianism depends on conflating the two.
    Synonyms
    mix, blend, fuse, unite, integrate

Derivatives

conflation

Pronunciation: /-ˈflāSHən/
noun
More example sentences
  • All of us are the authors, producers, directors, stars and guest stars in various philosophical questions, issues, disputes, conflations and confusions - even though, most of the time, we have no idea of this.
  • There are cuts and conflations and clever interpolations.
  • But today the implications of such a conflation of different levels of criticism and prejudice are dangerously censorious.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'fuse or melt down metal'): from Latin conflat- 'kindled, fused', from the verb conflare, from con- 'together' + flare 'to blow'.

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