verb (used with object)
- to defeat or overthrow.
- to bring to ruin or naught.
Origin of confound
Examples from the Web for confounding
But it is unfounded fear by an American public at minimal risk of contracting the illness that is confounding those efforts.
They were simply seen as easy, wealthy targets, confounding local conventions of the time.
One of the most confounding aspects of the process, these officials say, is why the State Department is seen as largely untouchéd.Exclusive: How the State Department Escaped the Shutdown|Josh Rogin, Eli Lake|October 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Margaret Thatcher was a woman: a confounding, irrepressible, flirtatious, stubborn, certitudinous, unabashedly conservative woman.How Margaret Thatcher Transformed British Politics|Tunku Varadarajan|April 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Whether those increases are because of environmental exposures or from other confounding variables is difficult to determine.Can Certain Jobs Cause Breast Cancer? A New Study Suggests Yes|Florence Williams|November 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Mr Jowett had warned Borrow to “beware of confounding the two distinct ideas of translation and interpretation!”The Life of George Borrow|Herbert Jenkins
And shot by the hand of Rama, that shaft, confounding by its energy the other Rama, came back blazing into Rama's hands.Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1|Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
To be sure it is no easy matter to free ourselves from the habit of confounding identity and individuality.The Religious Sentiment|Daniel G. Brinton
But living force is what we are trying to differentiate from mechanical force, and what do we gain by confounding the two?The Breath of Life|John Burroughs
This thing of confounding life with motion I'm thinking leads to difficulty.
British Dictionary definitions for confounding
Word Origin for confound
Word Origin and History for confounding
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.).