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She confounded her critics.
  to confuse or cause to be unable to think clearly


to refute or frustrate
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  • She confounded her critics.
  • She confounded their attempts to get a "yes" vote.
  • My plan to buy a car was confounded by the small print on the loan document.
  • She was confounded by the rapid change in circumstances.

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  • When he spoke about his father, Marguerite recalled the many nights he had spent enraged at the man, confounded by his silence.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • ...confounding oath on oath.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • He appeared confounded for a moment.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • No wonder Atticus confounded Henry in the early days of their association by saying, "Pleading’s little more than putting on paper what you want to say."
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Confounding.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • That this body of water was so seldom used had confounded her for months.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • Free at last to begin our takeoff run, the aircraft confounded its pilot by resolutely refusing to become airborne.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Can I confound the plots of Lanre and his Chandrian who killed the innocent and burned my beloved Myr Tariniel?
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I’m confounded at first.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Thank you for your commiserations, my friend, and now you’d best be off, back to your confounded computer.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • He said these things with a sly grin, knowing they would confound me as I mulled them until our next meeting.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • I didn’t do nothin’ to that confounded Lillian Jean.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called, but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • She was paired with the one person who could confound her plans, manipulate her moves, keep her from the truth.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • She had telephoned him at his boardinghouse, and when he heard that confounded "Junie?"
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • There was a Grub Street hack named O’Leary—an Irishman, I should add—who had the nerve, the confounded cheek to write of my first slim volume of poems, A Nosegay of Beauty Assembled for Gentlemen of Quality, that it was inferior doggerel of no worth whatsoever, and that the paper it was written on would have been better used as—no, I cannot say.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • Small things, preposterous tiny things, still confounded her.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Chris looked totally confounded.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • But there was a change in Gatsby that was simply confounding.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • They are mostly confounded little martinets.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • I have been thirty-two year at the bar, sir, and I should be confounded were I called upon to defend these people.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Raziel’s voice was confounded.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • The question bothered him, because he wasn’t sure whether he was confounding or fulfilling their expectations.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Alex is utterly confounded.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Never did I know A creature that did bear the shape of man, So keen and greedy to confound a man.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • What a confounded time this first act takes.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I add: An intellect confounded yet a trusting sense of presence and of ultimate purpose.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Had I seen an apparition in the most frightful shape, I could not have been more confounded.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Her request confounded me, to say the least, as it was unusual for someone of her standing to ask to be taken some distance to meet the family of a servant.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Fancy his having the insolence to confound me with the official detective force!
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • We’ll teach these magnates that they cannot ride roughshod over the rights of the commoners, confound them!
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • The rush of the daylight quite confounded me, and made me feel as if I had been in the candlelight of the strange room many hours.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Immoral logic seemed to be confounding him at every turn.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • _ In peace and quiet, without a lot of relatives prying around, and a string of confounded visitors hanging on the bell.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • ’Oh, God confound you, Mr. Lockwood!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • It’s a confounded nuisance, but I am.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • It is not I. You confound me with my friend, M. Bouc.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • There, however, ended the signs which might have confounded her with a lady of rank.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Mr. Bird strode up and down the room, grumbling to himself, "Pish! pshaw! confounded awkward business!"
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • After a long piece of his intestine was removed, Dad confounded everybody by going back to work in a month.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Here I have this confounded son of a Dutchman sitting in my own house drinking of my own rum!
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • The young, photogenic Yale-, Oxford-, and Harvard-educated lawyer had learned just how confounding the problems of urban America were.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • The assassin, a man named Rachidi Minzele, was immediately shot and killed, taking with him the only definitive knowledge about the motives behind his deed, which spawned a confounding web of conspiracy theories.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • As if I ever stop thinking about the girl and her confounded vowels and consonants.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
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