verb (used with object)
- to defeat or overthrow.
- to bring to ruin or naught.
Origin of confound
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Historical Examples of confounder
Our vncle was not the tutor and preseruer of our stocke and linage, but the confounder & destroier of our bloud and progenie.
Word Origin 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.).