See also: confusión

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Etymology edit

From Middle English confusioun, from Old French confusion, from Latin confusio, confusionem.

Morphologically confuse +‎ -ion.

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  • IPA(key): /kənˈfjuːʒən/
  • Rhymes: -uːʒən
  • (file)

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confusion (usually uncountable, plural confusions)

  1. A lack of clarity or order.
  2. The state of being confused; misunderstanding.
  3. The act of mistaking one thing for another or conflating distinct things.
    The confusion of sexual orientation and gender identity leads to discrimination and stereotyping.
    • 1908, “lay v.¹”, in James A. H. Murray et al., editors, A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (Oxford English Dictionary), volume VI, Part 1, London: Clarendon Press, →OCLC, page 128:
      Now (exc. in Nautical language, see b) it is only dialectal or an illiterate substitute for lie, its identity of form with the past tense of the latter no doubt accounting largely for the confusion.
  4. Lack of understanding due to dementia.
  5. (archaic) A state of shame or embarrassment.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling:
      Lady Bellaston fixed her eyes on Sophia whilst she spoke these words. To which that poor young lady, having her face overspread with blushes and confusion, answered, in a stammering voice []

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Etymology edit

Inherited from Middle French confusion, from Old French confusion, borrowed from Latin cōnfusiōnem, from verb confundo.

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confusion f (plural confusions)

  1. confusion

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From Old French confusion.

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confusion f (plural confusions)

  1. confusion

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  • French: confusion

Old French edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from Latin confusio, confusionem.

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confusion oblique singularf (oblique plural confusions, nominative singular confusion, nominative plural confusions)

  1. spread (act or instance of spreading)

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