- bewildered; confused; perplexed.
- damned (used euphemistically): That is a confounded lie.
Origin of confounded
- to perplex or amaze, especially by a sudden disturbance or surprise; bewilder; confuse: The complicated directions confounded him.
- to throw into confusion or disorder: The revolution confounded the people.
- to throw into increased confusion or disorder.
- to treat or regard erroneously as identical; mix or associate by mistake: truth confounded with error.
- to mingle so that the elements cannot be distinguished or separated.
- to damn (used in mild imprecations): Confound it!
- to contradict or refute: to confound their arguments.
- to put to shame; abash.
- to defeat or overthrow.
- to bring to ruin or naught.
- Obsolete. to spend uselessly; waste.
Origin of confound
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Examples from the Web for confounded
But it is one that Levin has parlayed into being the voice of a movement that has confounded those outside of it.Radio’s Mark Levin Might Be the Most Powerful Conservative You Never Heard Of
October 19, 2013
Myths were confounded, lies proved unavailing, and there were big losers beyond Mitt Romney.Election 2012: Myths, Lies, and Losers
November 7, 2012
In July, Libyans confounded naysayers, pulling off the first elections in almost half a century.One Year Later, Libya’s Long Road Continues
October 22, 2012
But those kinds of choices may have confounded my minders a bit!Billy Zane Opens Up About ‘Titanic,’ ‘Zoolander,’ and the Lost Decade
April 4, 2012
Sadly, those looking for a clear predictor will be confounded, but they can find some clues about the future.The Race to Replace Weiner
David A. Graham
September 13, 2011
All the courtiers were amazed and confounded, and Sir Oliver the most of all.Biographical Stories
Mr Vladimir walked on, and the “confounded policeman” fell into step at his elbow.The Secret Agent
But, half-way in, he stopped, confounded by an unforeseen difficulty.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
If it weren't for the confounded notion she's taken up against me, I'd like to know her.Hetty's Strange History
It all comes of that confounded habit of mine of wanting to be in love.The Incomplete Amorist
- bewildered; confused
- (prenominal) informal execrable; damned
- to astound or perplex; bewilder
- to mix up; confuse
- to treat mistakenly as similar to or identical with (one or more other things)
- (kɒnˈfaʊnd) to curse or damn (usually as an expletive in the phrase confound it!)
- to contradict or refute (an argument, etc)
- to rout or defeat (an enemy)
- obsolete to waste
Word Origin and History for confounded
as an intensive execration, "odious, detestable, damned," 1650s, from past participle of confound, in its older English sense of "overthrow utterly."
c.1300, "make uneasy, abash," from Anglo-French confoundre, Old French confondre (12c.) "crush, ruin, disgrace, throw into disorder," from Latin confundere "to confuse," literally "to pour together, mix, mingle," from com- "together" (see com-) + fundere "to pour" (see found (v.2)).
The figurative sense of "confuse, fail to distinguish, mix up" emerged in Latin, passed into French and thence into Middle English, where it is mostly found in Scripture; the sense of "destroy utterly" is recorded in English from c.1300. Meaning "perplex" is late 14c. The Latin past participle confusus, meanwhile, became confused (q.v.).