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confound
used in The Mill on the Floss

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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!"
  • But then, if they went to law, there was a chance for Mr. Tulliver to employ Counsellor Wylde on his side, instead of having that admirable bully against him; and the prospect of seeing a witness of Wakem's made to perspire and become confounded, as Mr. Tulliver's witness had once been, was alluring to the love of retributive justice.
    2.2 -- Book 2 Chapter 2 -- The Christmas Holidays (87% in)
  • "You help me, you silly little thing!" said Tom, in such high spirits at this announcement that he quite enjoyed the idea of confounding Maggie by showing her a page of Euclid.
    2.1 -- Book 2 Chapter 1 -- Tom's "First Half" (63% in)
  • "Help me on to that low horse," said Wakem to Luke, "then I shall perhaps manage; though—confound it—I think this arm is sprained."
    5.7 -- Book 5 Chapter 7 -- A Day of Reckoning (48% in)
  • Confound the scissors!
    6.1 -- Book 6 Chapter 1 -- A Duet in Paradise (8% in)
  • Confound it, then; what else do you want?
    6.8 -- Book 6 Chapter 8 -- Wakem in a New Light (79% in)

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