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confound
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Definition to 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
make worse
  • "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
  • confounded = frustrated
  • Uproar the universal peace, confound
    All unity on earth.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • confound = fight or frustrate
  • ...confounding oath on oath.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • confounding = frustrating (preventing the fulfillment of)
  • He appeared confounded for a moment.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • confounded = confused
  • 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

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