confuse

confusable, adj.confusability, n.confusably, adv.confusedly /keuhn fyooh"zid lee, -fyoohzd"-/, adv.confusedness, n.
/keuhn fyoohz"/, v.t., confused, confusing.
1. to perplex or bewilder: The flood of questions confused me.
2. to make unclear or indistinct: The rumors and angry charges tended to confuse the issue.
3. to fail to distinguish between; associate by mistake; confound: to confuse dates; He always confuses the twins.
4. to disconcert or abash: His candor confused her.
5. to combine without order; jumble; disorder: Try not to confuse the papers on the desk.
6. Archaic. to bring to ruin or naught.
[back formation from confused (since early 19th century), ME confused < AF confus (with -ed -ED2 maintaining participial sense) < L confusus, ptp. of confundere; see CONFOUND]
Syn. 1. mystify, nonplus. CONFUSE, DISCONCERT, EMBARRASS imply temporary interference with the clear working of one's mind. TO CONFUSE is to produce a general bewilderment: to confuse someone by giving complicated directions. TO DISCONCERT is to disturb one's mind by irritation, perplexities, etc.: to disconcert someone by asking irrelevant questions. TO EMBARRASS is to cause one to be ill at ease or uncomfortable, so that one's usual judgment and presence of mind desert one: to embarrass someone by unexpected rudeness. 4. mortify, shame. 5. disarray, disarrange, disturb.

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