verb (used with object)
- to defeat or overthrow.
- to bring to ruin or naught.
Origin of confound
Examples from the Web for confound
The increase in recognition of autism spectrum disorders in Western countries continues to confound and confuse.
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
To confound the problem, there has not been a UN human rights monitor in Iran since 2002.
Indeed the words ‘confound the fellow’ were in the minds of the three men.The Disentanglers|Andrew Lang
We have Pezizæ with a subiculum in the section Tapesia, but the veriest tyro would not confound them with species of Parmelia.Fungi: Their Nature and Uses|Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
Everything there assumes gigantic proportions, which startle the imagination and confound the reason.The Prairie Flower|Gustave Aimard
We should be indignant: we should say, confound their impudence: we should turn them out of doors if they did.The Virginians|William Makepeace Thackeray
There are many persons who confound this with the third theatre, erected by Douglas.Foot-prints of a letter carrier|James Rees
British Dictionary definitions for confound
Word Origin for confound
Word Origin and History for confound
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.).