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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: confondre 'to ruin, destroy', from Latin confundere 'to pour together, confuse', from com- ( COM-) + fundere 'to pour'

confound

verb
     
con‧found [transitive]
1 to confuse and surprise people by being unexpected:
His amazing recovery confounded the medical specialists.
2 to prove someone or something wrong
confound the critics/pundits/experts etc
United's new striker confounded the critics with his third goal in as many games.
3 formal to defeat an enemy, plan etc
4 formal if a problem etc confounds you, you cannot understand it or solve it:
Her question completely confounded me.
5

confound it/him/them etc

old-fashioned used to show that you are annoyed with someone or something

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