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confound


con·found  (kn-found, kn-)
tr.v. con·found·ed, con·found·ing, con·founds
1. To cause to become confused or perplexed. See Synonyms at puzzle.
2. To fail to distinguish; mix up: confound fiction and fact.
3. To make (something bad) worse: Do not confound the problem by losing your temper.
4. To cause to be ashamed; abash: an invention that confounded the skeptics.
5. To damn.
6.
a. To frustrate: trivial demands that confounded the peace talks.
b. Archaic To bring to ruination.

[Middle English confounden, from Anglo-Norman confundre, from Latin cnfundere, to mix together, confuse : com-, com- + fundere, to pour; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.]

con·founder n.
con·founding·ly adv.


confound  /knfand/  v. [T] to make a person or group surprised or worried as to why they are wrong: The great football players critics said that his career was over, but he confounded them by playing an exciting game. confound

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