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Noun confusion has 5 senses


confusionn. [F. confusion, L. confusio.].
  •  The state of being mixed or blended so as to produce indistinctness or error; indistinct combination; disorder; tumult.  [1913 Webster]
    "The confusion of thought to which the Aristotelians were liable."  [1913 Webster]
    "Moody beggars starving for a time
    Of pellmell havoc and confusion.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  The state of being abashed or disconcerted; loss self-possession; perturbation; shame.  [1913 Webster]
    "Confusion dwelt in every face
    And fear in every heart.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  Overthrow; defeat; ruin.  [1913 Webster]
    "Ruin seize thee, ruthless king,
    Confusion on thy banners wait.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  One who confuses; a confounder.  Chapmen.  [1913 Webster]
Confusion of goods (Law), the intermixture of the goods of two or more persons, so that their respective portions can no longer be distinguished. Blackstone. Bouvier.


confusion, n.
1 a the act of confusing (the confusion of fact and fiction). b an instance of this; a misunderstanding (confusions arise from a lack of communication).
2 a the result of confusing; a confused state; disorder (thrown into confusion by his words; trampled in the confusion of battle). b (foll. by of) a disorderly jumble (a confusion of ideas).
3 a civil commotion (confusion broke out at the announcement). b an instance of this.

ME f. OF confusion or L confusio (as confuse)



abashment, agitation, aloofness, ambiguity, ambiguousness, amorphia, amorphism, amorphousness, anarchism, anarcho-syndicalism, anarchy, antinomianism, assortment, ataxia, babel, baffle, bafflement, balk, bashfulness, bedlam, befuddlement, bewilderment, blurriness, bother, botheration, chagrin, chaos, check, checkmate, cloud, clutter, combining, commotion, confounding, confoundment, contradiction, coyness, criminal syndicalism, daze, demureness, demurity, derangement, destruction, devastation, diffusion, dilemma, din, disarrangement, disarray, discombobulation, discomfiture, discomposure, disconcert, disconcertedness, disconcertion, disconcertment, discontinuity, discountenance, discreteness, disjunction, dislocation, disorder, disorderliness, disorganization, disorientation, dispersal, dispersion, disruption, dissolution, distress, disturbance, dither, embarrassment, enigma, entropy, fabulous formless darkness, fix, flap, flummox, flurry, fluster, flutter, fog, foil, formlessness, foul-up, frenzy, frustration, fuddle, fuddlement, fuzziness, gallimaufry, hassle, havoc, haze, haziness, huddle, hullabaloo, incoherence, inconsistency, indecisiveness, indefiniteness, indeterminateness, intermingling, jam, jumble, lather, license, loss, lynch law, maze, mess, messiness, misrule, mist, mistiness, misunderstanding, mix-up, mixing, mixture, mob law, mob rule, mobocracy, morass, mortification, mousiness, muck, muddle, muddlement, mystery, nihilism, nonadhesion, noncohesion, nonplus, obscurity, ochlocracy, orderlessness, pandemonium, perplexity, perturbation, pickle, plight, pother, predicament, primal chaos, problem, pucker, puzzle, puzzlement, quandary, rebellion, rebuff, repulse, reversal, reverse, revolution, riddle, rout, ruffle, ruination, scattering, scrape, screw-up, self-consciousness, separateness, setback, shambles, shamefacedness, shamefastness, shapelessness, shuffle, shyness, skittishness, snafu, snarl, stagefright, stammering, stew, sweat, swivet, syndicalism, timidity, timidness, timorousness, tizzy, tohubohu, tumult, turbulence, turmoil, unadherence, unadhesiveness, unassuredness, unclearness, unease, uneasiness, unruliness, unsettlement, untenacity, upset, vagueness




N disorder, derangement, irregularity, anomaly, anarchy, anarchism, want of method, untidiness, disunion, discord, confusion, confusedness, mishmash, mix, disarray, jumble, huddle, litter, lumber, cahotage, farrago, mess, mash, muddle, muss, hash, hodgepodge, hotch-potch, hotch-pot, imbroglio, chaos, omnium gatherum, medley, mere mixture, fortuitous concourse of atoms, disjecta membra, rudis indigestaque moles, complexity, turmoil, ferment, to-do, trouble, pudder, pother, row, rumble, disturbance, hubbub, convulsion, tumult, uproar, revolution, riot, rumpus, stour, scramble, brawl, fracas, rhubarb, fight, free-for-all, row, ruction, rumpus, embroilment, melee, spill and pelt, rough and tumble, whirlwind, bear garden, Babel, Saturnalia, donnybrook, Donnybrook Fair, confusion worse confounded, most admired disorder, concordia discors, Bedlam, all hell broke loose, bull in a china shop, all the fat in the fire, diable a' quatre, Devil to pay, pretty kettle of fish, pretty piece of work, pretty piece of business, disorderly person, disorderly persons offence, misdemeanor, slattern, slut (libertine), disorderly, orderless, out of order, out of place, out of gear, irregular, desultory, anomalous, acephalous, deranged, aimless, disorganized, straggling, unmethodical, immethodical, unsymmetric, unsystematic, untidy, slovenly, dislocated, out of sorts, promiscuous, indiscriminate, chaotic, anarchical, unarranged &c (arrange), confused, deranged, topsy-turvy, shapeless, disjointed, out of joint, troublous, riotous, complex, irregularly, by fits, by fits and snatches, by fits and starts, pellmell, higgledy-piggledy, helter-skelter, harum-scarum, in a ferment, at sixes and sevens, at cross-purposes, upside down, the cart before the horse, hysteron proteron, chaos is come again, the wreck of matter and the crush of worlds.


N humility, humbleness, meekness, lowness, lowliness, lowlihood, abasement, self-abasement, submission, resignation, condescension, affability, modesty, verecundity, blush, suffusion, confusion, sense of shame, sense of disgrace, humiliation, mortification, let down, set down, humble, lowly, meek, modest, humble minded, sober-minded, unoffended, submissive, servile, condescending, affable, humbled, bowed down, resigned, abashed, ashamed, dashed, out of countenance, down in the mouth, down on one's knees, down on one's marrowbones, down on one's uppers, humbled in the dust, browbeaten, chapfallen, crestfallen, dumfoundered, flabbergasted, shorn of one's glory, with downcast eyes, with bated breath, with bended knee, on all fours, on one's feet, under correction, with due deference, I am your obedient servant, I am your very humble servant, my service to you, da locum melioribus, parvum parva decent.

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