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Definition of "confound" []

  • To cause to become confused or perplexed. See Synonyms at puzzle. (verb-transitive)
  • To fail to distinguish; mix up: confound fiction and fact. (verb-transitive)
  • To make (something bad) worse: Do not confound the problem by losing your temper. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to be ashamed; abash: an invention that confounded the skeptics. (verb-transitive)
  • To damn. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "confound" in a sentence
  • "Then he looked around, saying, How I wish that tug boat would hurry up; no more ten years spent in – confound it! what IS the name of that place?"
  • "Don't let the long product name confound you: this adapter is very easy to use and comes with software that will let you burn DVDs."
  • "I see nothing but Danger and Distress, such as confound my Resolution, and non − plus my Courage."