- 1Lack of understanding; uncertainty: there seems to be some confusion about which system does what he cleared up the confusion over the party’s policyMore example sentences
- There will also be psychological confusion about such happenings.
- However, there is uncertainty and confusion about the nature and purpose of global education.
- This reflects a moral uncertainty and confusion about the war more than it does the reality of danger on the ground.
- 1.1A situation of panic; a breakdown of order: the shaken survivors retreated in confusionMore example sentences
- The knights on the bridge behind were thrown into confusion, panicked, and retreated.
- Even in these testing situations, panic and confusion ran high when someone hit the water.
- That's the way to create the impression of confusion, panic and chaos.
- 1.2A disorderly jumble: all I can see is a confusion of brown cardboard boxesMore example sentences
- Then I got tangled in a confusion of traffic jams, roadworks, diversions and obscure road signs.
- Breath tumbles invisibly between the teeth, a confusion of molecules.
- This is a complicated text in which time and space overlap, while images and metaphors intertwine, resulting in a confusion of characters and places.
- 2The state of being bewildered or unclear in one’s mind about something: she looked about her in confusionMore example sentences
- They were both breathing quickly and her mind was outrageous in confusion and wonder.
- ‘Thanks,’ she said before she disappeared out the door in the back, mind whirling in confusion.
- They grow up in confusion and bewilderment as children, then often pass into denial as young adults and sometimes remain frightened even into old age.
- 2.1The mistaking of one person or thing for another: there is some confusion between “unlawful” and “illegal” most of the errors are reasonable confusions between similar words or sequences of wordsMore example sentences
- The moral confusion created by mistaking preferences for moral judgements has brought a note of hysteria into the consideration of modern Scotland and its complex moral issues.
- It leads to confusion when credentials are mistaken for credibility, or competence for character.
- These efforts flow from a fundamental error - confusion between two very distinct constitutional realms.
Middle English: from Latin confusio(n-), from the verb confundere 'mingle together' (see confuse).