Confusing
Confuse Con*fuse", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Confused}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Confusing}.] 1. To mix or blend so that things can not be distinguished; to jumble together; to confound; to render indistinct or obscure; as, to confuse accounts; to confuse one's vision. [1913 Webster]

A universal hubbub wild Of stunning sounds and voices all confused. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To perplex; to disconcert; to abash; to cause to lose self-possession. [1913 Webster]

Nor thou with shadowed hint confuse A life that leads melodious days. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

Confused and sadly she at length replied. --Pope.

Syn: To abash; disorder; disarrange; disconcert; confound; obscure; distract. See {Abash}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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