Confound

Definition of Confound

Con`found´   Pronunciation: kǒn`found´
v. t.1.To mingle and blend, so that different elements can not be distinguished; to confuse.
[imp. & p. p. Confounded; p. pr. & vb. n. Confounding.]
They who strip not ideas from the marks men use for them, but confound them with words, must have endless dispute.
- Locke.
Let us go down, and there confound their language.
- Gen. xi. 7.
2.To mistake for another; to identify falsely.
They [the tinkers] were generally vagrants and pilferers, and were often confounded with the gypsies.
- Macaulay.
3.To throw into confusion or disorder; to perplex; to strike with amazement; to dismay.
The gods confound...
The Athenians both within and out that wall.
- Shak.
They trusted in thee and were not confounded.
- Ps. xxii. 5.
So spake the Son of God, and Satan stood
A while as mute, confounded what to say.
- Milton.
4.To destroy; to ruin; to waste.
One man's lust these many lives confounds.
- Shak.
How couldst thou in a mile confound an hour?
- Shak.

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