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Etymology edit

Attested since 1541[1]: borrowed from Latin cōnflātus, from cōnflō (fuse, melt, or blow together); cōn (with, together) + flō (blow).

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /kənˈfleɪt/, /kɒnˈfleɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /kənˈfleɪt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪt

Verb edit

conflate (third-person singular simple present conflates, present participle conflating, simple past and past participle conflated)

  1. To combine or mix together.
    Synonyms: mix, blend, coalesce, commingle, flux, immix, merge, amalgamate, fuse, meld
  2. (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.”
  3. (by extension) To deliberately draw a false equivalence or association, typically in a tacit or implicit manner as propaganda and/or an intentional distortion or misrepresentation of the subject matter.

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conflate (not comparable)

  1. (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.

Noun edit

conflate (plural conflates)

  1. (biblical criticism) A conflate text, one which conflates multiple version of a text together.

References edit

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2024) “conflate”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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  1. second-person plural present active imperative of cōnflō