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[kon-foun-did, kuh n-] /kɒnˈfaʊn dɪd, kən-/
bewildered; confused; perplexed.
damned (used euphemistically):
That is a confounded lie.
Origin of confounded
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at confound, -ed2
Related forms
confoundedly, adverb
confoundedness, noun
unconfoundedly, adverb Unabridged
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  • If his work wants a good deal of pulling together separate bits of it are confoundedly well done.

  • You are so terribly sharp-sighted and so confoundedly honest!

  • The gypsies lost considerably, and I saw clearly that the jockeys were cheating them most confoundedly.

    The Romany Rye George Borrow
  • Well, I don't care if you do try it, for I am confoundedly tired.

    An Old-fashioned Girl Louisa May Alcott
  • I've been so confoundedly afraid you would show him the smoking-room!

  • When we had finished, I do not know how Forrest felt, but I was confoundedly drowsy.

    The Motor Pirate George Sidney Paternoster
  • Edith wants me to take her over to Paris at the end of this month, and I think it isn't a bad idea; but I'm so confoundedly busy.

    New Grub Street George Gissing
  • "Well, I think it's confoundedly plucky of him, anyhow," said Klaus.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • I always obey the ladies, Colonel; you obey the ladies always, and you'll have a confoundedly pleasant time.

    Arundel Edward Frederic Benson
  • They now got in upon us, and of course I need n't say we got confoundedly thrashed.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for confoundedly


bewildered; confused
(prenominal) (informal) execrable; damned
Derived Forms
confoundedly, adverb
confoundedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for confoundedly



as an intensive execration, "odious, detestable, damned," 1650s, from past participle of confound, in its older English sense of "overthrow utterly."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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