Definition of confuse in English:
- If his period of confinement have been very long, the prospect of release bewilders and confuses him.
- It more than confused him, it bewildered him completely.
- They can be extremely effective at distracting and confusing someone on the other side of an argument.
- But complexity confuses a media that needs a simple plot.
- And you confused it with complexity, which is not a part of the argument at all.
- Campaigners confuse the issue with complex legal and medical argument.
- We won't confuse our having made mistakes with our having no right to be here.
- It is at this point that the issue of moral values tends to be identified, or confused with, religion.
- However, it would be a mistake to confuse sensible with safe.
Middle English (in the sense 'rout, bring to ruin'): from Old French confus, from Latin confusus, past participle of confundere 'mingle together' (see confound). Originally all senses of the verb were passive, and therefore appeared only as the past participle confused; the active voice occurred rarely until the 19th century when it began to replace confound.
The early meanings of confuse were ‘rout’ and ‘bring to ruin’. The word comes via French from Latin confundere ‘mingle together, mix up’. Confound (Middle English) comes from the same word.
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