verb (used with object)
- to defeat or overthrow.
- to bring to ruin or naught.
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In each pairing, one state has imposed tough and sometimes unpopular restrictions on behavior, only to be confounded by a neighbor’s leniency.States With Few Coronavirus Restrictions Are Spreading the Virus Beyond Their Borders|by David Armstrong|December 1, 2020|ProPublica
What confounded him was that we’d chosen to celebrate such a special occasion with, of all dishes, turkey.The Dow’s record run to 30K is nothing compared to the rally in these small caps|Bernhard Warner|November 25, 2020|Fortune
As in the New York study, the researchers also accounted for confounding factors, but they calculated survival rates instead of mortality rates.Death Rates Have Fallen By 18% For Hospitalized COVID–19 Patients As Treatments Improve|LGBTQ-Editor|November 5, 2020|No Straight News
The roots of this lie in the phenomenon of dynamical chaos among gravitating objects, the confounding but mathematically chartable instability and unpredictability of celestial motions.We Never Know Exactly Where We’re Going in Outer Space - Issue 92: Frontiers|Caleb Scharf|November 4, 2020|Nautilus
Even biologists and ecologists who might be inclined to mistrust an intruding physicist praise Gore’s respectful attitude toward their field and say that he’s making real headway on problems that have long confounded them and their colleagues.A Physicist’s Approach to Biology Brings Ecological Insights|Gabriel Popkin|October 13, 2020|Quanta Magazine
But it is unfounded fear by an American public at minimal risk of contracting the illness that is confounding those efforts.
But their action just proved another confounding piece of this negligent puzzle.Westgate's Chilling Security Video Reveals Shopping Mall Bloodbath|Nina Strochlic|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
This acute thinker seems to me to have fallen into a mistake by confounding land with labor.Landholding In England|Joseph Fisher
Confounding realization then was that when Dale returned with her sister, Helen knew she would do the same thing over again!The Man of the Forest|Zane Grey
Even experienced fishermen are capable of confounding the bull trout with its nobler brother of the streams.
To my utter confounding, Jason threw himself on the floor, kicking and beating it violently and letting out terrific yells.Mothering on Perilous|Lucy S. Furman
Second, the people rejoice, and their pious faith seems to tend to the glory of God and the confounding of his enemies.The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)|Anatole France