- the act of confusing.
- the state of being confused.
- disorder; upheaval; tumult; chaos: The army retreated in confusion.
- lack of clearness or distinctness: a confusion in his mind between right and wrong.
- perplexity; bewilderment: The more difficult questions left us in complete confusion.
- embarrassment or abashment: He blushed in confusion.
- Psychiatry. a disturbed mental state; disorientation.
- Archaic. defeat, overthrow, or ruin.
Origin of confusion
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- the act of confusing or the state of being confused
- disorder; jumble
- bewilderment; perplexity
- lack of clarity; indistinctness
- embarrassment; abashment
Word Origin and History for confusional
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.
- Impaired orientation with respect to time, place, or person; a disturbed mental state.