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"Oh, I hope you are right; I hope no one thought that," I said confusedly in answer to the glance.

How could I chatter nothings when Ned was by my side, smiling down at me so confusedly?

"I suppose he thinks you might at least meet him half-way," said her mother, confusedly.

"Oh, that means merely 'Good Aunt Hibba,'" she said confusedly.

He confusedly retracted his orders, rather than bear the sorrow of her face.

Confusedly, with some frantic thought of flight, "I must go—Oh, I must go——"

It was slowly and confusedly that I regained some degree of consciousness.

But it was his own name that he sought wearily and confusedly.

Thekla said confusedly that something sounded like a cat crying.

"I meant about what time they were to start on the journey," said he, confusedly.

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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