Sadly, those looking for a clear predictor will be confounded, but they can find some clues about the future.
It infuriated James Baker, confounded Condoleezza Rice, and appalled Madeleine Albright.
This confounded readers, particularly when the Times reported that Channel 13 could lose its license over the matter.
But it is one that Levin has parlayed into being the voice of a movement that has confounded those outside of it.
But those kinds of choices may have confounded my minders a bit!
I was sure there must be some mistake on your part, that you had confounded him with some other person.
The bedclothes were warm and irksome, and that confounded plaster had begun to itch.
I am amazed, and beginning to be confounded, said Mrs. Charles.
They differ from the snow-bunting of the far north, with which they must not be confounded.
“I take pleasure in nothing connected with this confounded affair,” said George, impatiently.
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.).