verb con·found \kən-ˈfand, kän-\

: to surprise and confuse (someone or something)

: to prove (someone or something) wrong

—used as an interjection to express anger or annoyance

Full Definition of CONFOUND

transitive verb
a archaic :  to bring to ruin :  destroy
b :  baffle, frustrate <conferences … are not for accomplishment but to confound knavish tricks — J. K. Galbraith>
obsolete :  consume, waste
a :  to put to shame :  discomfit <a performance that confounded the critics>
b :  refute <sought to confound his arguments>
:  damn
:  to throw (a person) into confusion or perplexity
a :  to fail to discern differences between :  mix up
b :  to increase the confusion of
con·found·er \-ˈfan-dər\ noun
con·found·ing·ly \-diŋ-lē\ adverb

Origin of CONFOUND

Middle English, from Anglo-French confundre, from Latin confundere to pour together, confuse, from com- + fundere to pour — more at found
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of CONFOUND

puzzle, perplex, bewilder, distract, nonplus, confound, dumbfound mean to baffle and disturb mentally. puzzle implies existence of a problem difficult to solve <the persistent fever puzzled the doctor>. perplex adds a suggestion of worry and uncertainty especially about making a necessary decision <a behavior that perplexed her friends>. bewilder stresses a confusion of mind that hampers clear and decisive thinking <a bewildering number of possibilities>. distract implies agitation or uncertainty induced by conflicting preoccupations or interests <distracted by personal problems>. nonplus implies a bafflement that makes orderly planning or deciding impossible <the remark left us utterly nonplussed>. confound implies temporary mental paralysis caused by astonishment or profound abasement <the tragic news confounded us all>. dumbfound suggests intense but momentary confounding; often the idea of astonishment is so stressed that it becomes a near synonym of astound <was at first too dumbfounded to reply>.
CONFOUND Defined for Kids


verb con·found \kən-ˈfand, kän-\

Definition of CONFOUND for Kids

:  confuse 1 <The crime has confounded police.>


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