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Word of the Day
Wednesday, December 19, 2001

Definitions for conflate

  1. To bring together; to fuse together; to join or meld.
  2. To combine (as two readings of a text) into one whole.

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Citations for conflate
Scott Reynolds's creepy debut feature [film] conflates the present and the past with ingenious use of flashbacks. Anne Billson, Sunday Telegraph
Painting America as a drug-ridden society leads to bad policy -- as does the tendency in some quarters to conflate the various drug abuses into a single dreadful statistic. William Raspberry, Washington Post
Origin of conflate
Conflate is from Latin conflatus, past participle of conflare, "to blow together; to put together," from con-, "with, together" + flare, "to blow."