Confound

Con*found"

(kn*found"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Confounded; p. pr. & vb. n. Confounding.] [F. confondre, fr. L. confundere, -fusum, to pour together; con- + fundere to pour. See Fuse to melt, and cf. Confuse.] 1. To mingle and blend, so that different elements can not be distinguished; to confuse.
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They who strip not ideas from the marks men use for them, but confound them with words, must have endless dispute.
Locke.
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Let us go down, and there confound their language.
Gen. xi. 7.
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2. To mistake for another; to identify falsely.
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They [the tinkers] were generally vagrants and pilferers, and were often confounded with the gypsies.
Macaulay.
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3. To throw into confusion or disorder; to perplex; to strike with amazement; to dismay.
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The gods confound...
The Athenians both within and out that wall.
Shak.
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They trusted in thee and were not confounded.
Ps. xxii. 5.
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So spake the Son of God, and Satan stood
A while as mute, confounded what to say.
Milton.
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4. To destroy; to ruin; to waste. [Obs.]
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One man's lust these many lives confounds.
Shak.
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How couldst thou in a mile confound an hour?
Shak.

Syn. -- To abash; confuse; baffle; dismay; astonish; defeat; terrify; mix; blend; intermingle. See Abash.
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