Attested since 1541: borrowed from Latin cōnflātus, from cōnflō (“fuse, melt, or blow together”); cōn (“with, together”) + flō (“blow”).
conflate (third-person singular simple present conflates, present participle conflating, simple past and past participle conflated)
- To bring (things) together and fuse (them) into a single entity.
- To mix together different elements.
- (by extension) To fail to properly distinguish or keep separate (things); to mistakenly treat (them) as equivalent.
- Synonyms: confuse, mix up, lump together
- “Bacon was Lord Chancellor of England and the first European to experiment with gunpowder.” — “No, you are conflating Francis Bacon and Roger Bacon.”
to fuse into a single entity
to mix together different elements
to fail to properly distinguish things or keep them separate; mistakenly treat them as equivalent
conflate (not comparable)
- (biblical criticism) Combining elements from multiple versions of the same text.
- 1999, Emanuel Tov, The Greek and Hebrew Bible: Collected Essays on the Septuagint:
- Why the redactor created this conflate version, despite its inconsistencies, is a matter of conjecture.
conflate (plural conflates)
- (biblical criticism) A conflate text, one which conflates multiple version of a text together.
- ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “conflate”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.