confusion

[ kuhn-fyoo-zhuhn ]
/ kənˈfyu ʒən /

noun

Origin of confusion

1300–50; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin confūsiōn- (stem of confūsiō). See confuse, -ion
Related formscon·fu·sion·al, adjectivepre·con·fu·sion, nounre·con·fu·sion, nounsu·per·con·fu·sion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for confusion

confusion

/ (kənˈfjuːʒən) /

noun

the act of confusing or the state of being confused
disorder; jumble
bewilderment; perplexity
lack of clarity; indistinctness
embarrassment; abashment
Derived Formsconfusional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for confusion

confusion


n.

late 13c., "overthrow, ruin," from Old French confusion (11c.) "disorder, confusion, shame," from Latin confusionem (nominative confusio) "a mingling, mixing, blending; confusion, disorder," noun of action from confundere "to pour together," also "to confuse" (see confound). Sense of "a putting to shame" (a sort of mental "overthrow") is late 14c. in English, while that of "mental perplexity" is from 1590s.

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Medicine definitions for confusion

confusion

[ kən-fyōōzhən ]

n.

Impaired orientation with respect to time, place, or person; a disturbed mental state.
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