verb (used with object)
- to defeat or overthrow.
- to bring to ruin or naught.
Origin of confound
Synonyms for confound
Examples from the Web for confoundingly
Historical Examples of confoundingly
The confoundingly easy victory of Narayan hung heavily on his mind.From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan
Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
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.).