confusion

See also: confusión

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Old French confusion, from Latin confusio, confusionem.

PronunciationEdit

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

NounEdit

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 15566697, 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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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French confusion, from Old French confusion, borrowed from Latin confusio, confusionem, from verb confundo.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

confusion f (plural confusions)

  1. confusion

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Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French confusion.

NounEdit

confusion f (plural confusions)

  1. confusion

DescendantsEdit

  • French: confusion

Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin confusio, confusionem.

NounEdit

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

  1. spread (act or instance of spreading)

DescendantsEdit