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[kon-foun-did, kuh n-]
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  1. bewildered; confused; perplexed.
  2. 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 formscon·found·ed·ly, adverbcon·found·ed·ness, nounun·con·found·ed·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for confoundedly

Historical Examples

  • "Well, I think it's confoundedly plucky of him, anyhow," said Klaus.

    The Great Hunger

    Johan Bojer

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

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • It is confoundedly hard to have nothing in the stables, even to mount a messenger.

    The O'Donoghue

    Charles James Lever

  • "They are confoundedly tedious," said Jennings, half suppressing a yawn.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • I was most confoundedly, but that Walter did not seem to observe.

British Dictionary definitions for confoundedly


  1. bewildered; confused
  2. (prenominal) informal execrable; damned
Derived Formsconfoundedly, adverbconfoundedness, noun
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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."

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