Definition of confusion in English:


Syllabification: con·fu·sion
Pronunciation: /kənˈfyo͞oZHən


  • 2The state of being bewildered or unclear in one’s mind about something: she looked about her in confusion
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    • 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.
    bewilderment, bafflement, perplexity, puzzlement, mystification, befuddlement; shock, daze, wonder, wonderment, astonishment
    informal head-scratching, discombobulation
  • 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 words
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    • 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).

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