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Definitionto confuse, prove wrong, frustrate, or express frustration
in various senses, including:
confuse or surprise — sometimes specifically to confuse one thing with another
- "confounded by the puzzle" — confused or perplexed
- "Test results confounded the experts." — surprised and confused
- "Do not confound confidence with correctness." — mistake one thing for another
prove wrong, defeat, or frustrate
- "The test results confounded my theory." — proved wrong
- "Their defense confounded our offense." — defeated or frustrated
- "She confounded the problem by painting without sanding." — made worse
- "The task is complicated by other confounding factors." — making worse
an exclamation expressing anger or frustration
- "Confound it! Will I ever get this thing to work?"
- "I don't understand the confounded directions!"
- She confounded her critics.
confounded = frustrated
- 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.
- 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
- Uproar the universal peace, confound
All unity on earth.William Shakespeare -- Macbeth
- ...confounding oath on oath.William Shakespeare -- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- He appeared confounded for a moment.Joseph Conrad -- Heart of Darkness
- You must not confound my meaning.Austen, Jane -- Sense and Sensibility
- Oh, do not confound the two, Eugenie.Dumas, Alexandre -- The Count of Monte Cristo
- And pray the Roman gods confound you both!Shakespeare, William -- Titus Andronicus
- "Only," said I, "that you would not confound them with the others."Dickens, Charles -- Great Expectations
- Professor, you must not confound statics with dynamics or you will be exposed to grave errors.Verne, Jules -- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- The attempt and not the deed
Confounds us.William Shakespeare
- "She doesn't care a button for me—with her confounded little dry manner."Henry James -- Washington Square
- The different parts of the Bois, so easily confounded in summer in the density and monotony of their universal green, were now clearly divided.Marcel Proust -- Swann's Way
- Oh, Flood-the-Gates used it incessantly, confusing juries with his erudition and confounding his peers with multiple decises.Robert Ludlum -- The Bourne Ultimatum
- When we are in confusion, then in the midst of our straggling It overtakes us and, on the instant, confounds us.Boris Pasternak -- Doctor Zhivago
- She thought I'd have to Confound the examiner.J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- He said these things with a sly grin, knowing they would confound me as I mulled them until our next meeting.Jerry Spinelli -- Stargirl
confounded = frustrated
confound = fight or frustrate
confounding = frustrating (preventing the fulfillment of)
confounded = confused