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confusion

noun
     
con‧fu‧sion S3 W3
1 [uncountable and countable] when you do not understand what is happening or what something means because it is not clear
confusion about/over/as to
There was some confusion as to whether we had won or lost.
2 [uncountable and countable] a situation in which someone wrongly thinks that a person or thing is someone or something else:
To avoid confusion, the teams wore different colours.
confusion between
There is a confusion in the public mind between psychology and psychiatry.
3 [uncountable] a feeling of not being able to think clearly what you should say or do, especially in an embarrassing situation:
His confusion at meeting her there was quite apparent.
in confusion
Matt stared at her in confusion.
4 [uncountable and countable] a very confusing situation, that usually has a lot of noise and action, so that it is difficult for someone to understand it or control it:
a scene of indescribable confusion
confusion of
There was a confusion of shouts and orders as the ship prepared to depart.

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