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confusion

[ kuhn-fyoo-zhuhn ]SEE DEFINITION OF confusion
  • noundisorientation
  • noundisoriented state

Synonyms for confusion

  • bewilderment
  • disorientation
  • distraction
  • embarrassment
  • turbulence
  • turmoil
  • abashment
  • agitation
  • befuddlement
  • bemusement
  • chagrin
  • commotion
  • demoralization
  • discomfiture
  • dither
  • flap
  • fluster
  • lather
  • perplexity
  • perturbation
  • pother
  • puzzlement
  • stew
  • tumult
  • abashing
  • addling
  • befuddling
  • blurring
  • cluttering
  • confounding
  • disarranging
  • discomfiting
  • disturbing
  • dumbfounding
  • embarrassing
  • embroiling
  • mixup mystification
  • obscuring
  • perplexing
  • stirring up
  • tangling
  • unsettling
  • upsetting
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Antonyms for confusion

  • calm
  • peace
  • calmness
  • happiness
  • clarity
  • composure
  • method
  • order
  • organization
  • orientation
  • sense
  • system
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CONFUSION

Proclus was covered with confusion, but still seemed half incredulous.

"He hadn't long to live, anyway," answered the marshal in some confusion.

Sidney arrived a little after six, and from that moment the confusion in the sick-room was at an end.

He started and turned to me a face of confusion—yes, and of worship.

Yes, they were like an army of ants that had been suddenly thrown into confusion.

Then, perhaps, says another, the essence of a bull lies in confusion of ideas.

Whether to call it a confusion of expressions or of ideas, I can't tell.

But he could not make the scene come alive because of the noise and confusion in the street.

Our intention, it must be confessed, however, was to seize the Regulus in the confusion.

For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., "overthrow, ruin," from Old French confusion (11c.) "disorder, confusion, shame," from Latin confusionem (nominative confusio) "a mingling, mixing, blending; confusion, disorder," noun of action from confundere "to pour together," also "to confuse" (see confound). Sense of "a putting to shame" (a sort of mental "overthrow") is late 14c. in English, while that of "mental perplexity" is from 1590s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CONFUSION

Pandora's box

nounevils that are hidden
  • can of worms
  • confusion
  • evil
  • hornet's nest
  • ill
  • snake in the grass
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