- the act of confusing.
- the state of being confused.
- disorder; upheaval; tumult; chaos: The army retreated in confusion.
- lack of clearness or distinctness: a confusion in his mind between right and wrong.
- perplexity; bewilderment: The more difficult questions left us in complete confusion.
- embarrassment or abashment: He blushed in confusion.
- Psychiatry. a disturbed mental state; disorientation.
- Archaic. defeat, overthrow, or ruin.
Origin of confusion
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Examples from the Web for confusion
Despite its ranking at the bottom of most international development indexes, the conflict is shrouded by confusion.The Year’s Most Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis
January 1, 2015
Bohac vowed to that when he came back next year there would be no confusion about any Christmas tree or Santa aprons.A Field General in the War on Christmas
December 24, 2014
Putin may very well be the last optimist left in the country, which is facing a time of confusion and disappointment.After His Disastrous Annual Press Conference, Putin Needs A Hug
December 18, 2014
There was confusion because our fathers were no longer going to work.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
Her own muddled feelings of confusion, shame, and fear are what make the essay great and what make the essay her story.The Right's Rape Trolls vs. Lena Dunham
December 10, 2014
Proclus was covered with confusion, but still seemed half incredulous.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
"He hadn't long to live, anyway," answered the marshal in some confusion.Way of the Lawless
Sidney arrived a little after six, and from that moment the confusion in the sick-room was at an end.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
He started and turned to me a face of confusion—yes, and of worship.The Bacillus of Beauty
Yes, they were like an army of ants that had been suddenly thrown into confusion.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- the act of confusing or the state of being confused
- disorder; jumble
- bewilderment; perplexity
- lack of clarity; indistinctness
- embarrassment; abashment
Word Origin and History for confusion
late 13c., "overthrow, ruin," from Old French confusion (11c.) "disorder, confusion, shame," from Latin confusionem (nominative confusio) "a mingling, mixing, blending; confusion, disorder," noun of action from confundere "to pour together," also "to confuse" (see confound). Sense of "a putting to shame" (a sort of mental "overthrow") is late 14c. in English, while that of "mental perplexity" is from 1590s.
- Impaired orientation with respect to time, place, or person; a disturbed mental state.