verb (used with object)
- to defeat or overthrow.
- to bring to ruin or naught.
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One thing Kaleido has been careful to demonstrate — and it’s sad to think that this is a differentiator — is that its products work with people whose skin tone and hair confound other solutions.Kaleido’s Unscreen is dead simple drag-and-drop background removal for video|Devin Coldewey|October 2, 2020|TechCrunch
That framing puts the wellbeing of business over the wellbeing of people, to already confounding results.Is the Government Just Going to Watch the Restaurant Industry Die?|Elazar Sontag|August 28, 2020|Eater
We’ve bought into the fiction that the management structures and systems that confound and constrain us can be amended only by those at the top of the pyramid, or by their appointees in HR, planning, finance, and legal.
Bamboozle is one of those words that has been confounding etymologists for centuries.
Samuel Scarpino, a professor at Northeastern University who studies infectious diseases, said that it can be very difficult, even in a sophisticated model, to separate all of the confounding factors that could be at play, like geography.Republicans And Democrats See COVID-19 Very Differently. Is That Making People Sick?|Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux|July 23, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
The increase in recognition of autism spectrum disorders in Western countries continues to confound and confuse.
Patriarchy is powerful, but it is also fragile, and transgender people confound its simple dichotomies.Southern Baptist Convention: Trans People Don’t Exist|Jay Michaelson|June 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yet, as a whole, the events that transpired between 1900 and 2000 B.C.E. still manage to confound the contemporary imagination.History Broke Us: One Jewish Family’s 20th Century|James McAuley|November 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He may be an exception, but his example proves that grace can confound the expectations and machinations of curial politics.
To complicate and confound matters further, North Korea has done more than simply throw grenades.Leslie H. Gelb: North Korea, U.S. Headed to Brink of War, Unnoticed|Leslie H. Gelb|April 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
“Confound it, no;” rejoined Mr. Simmery, stopping for an instant to smash a fly with the ruler.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
Then confound your slow coaches down here; thats all, said the doctor, walking away.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3)|Charles Dickens
Weld is a totally distinct word from woad, but most dictionaries confound them.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems|Geoffrey Chaucer
These proverbs remind us of Bacon: "Specious words confound virtue."Beacon Lights of History, Volume I|John Lord
What has happened between you and the communiers, whom may the pest carry off and hell confound!