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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CONFUSE

If he meant to confuse her, he failed—for she only smiled and said to herself: "They're hazel."

None can confuse her identity for a moment with that of any other monument of a dead religion.

You confuse me, and how can I transact business if I am confused?

But in his mood of revolt it suited him to confuse the names and the symbols.

We do not confuse the parts of speech with the categories of Logic.

To confuse the divine and human, or hastily apply one to the other, is a 'tremendous error.'

Walhall did not confuse her, for now she caught clues to the meaning of the mighty epic.

I think they took me in a round-about way purposely, to confuse me.

I exclaimed, in ignorance; "such a number would only confuse me."

But they, too, seemed to confuse art and business with foolishness.

WORD ORIGIN

1550s, in literal sense "mix or mingle things so as to render the elements indistinguishable;" attested from mid-18c. in active, figurative sense of "discomfit in mind or feeling;" not in general use until 19c., taking over senses formerly belonging to confound, dumbfound, flabbergast etc. The past participle confused (q.v.) is attested much earlier (serving as an alternative past tense to confound), and the verb here might be a back-formation from it. Related: Confusing.

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