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con·fuse

 (kən-fyo͞oz′)
v. con·fused, con·fus·ing, con·fus·es
v.tr.
1.
a. To cause to be unable to think with clarity or act with intelligence or understanding; bewilder or perplex.
b. Archaic To cause to feel embarrassment.
2.
a. To fail to differentiate (one person or thing) from another: confused effusiveness with affection.
b. To make more complex or difficult to understand: "The old labels ... confuse debate instead of clarifying it" (Christopher Lasch).
v.intr.
To make something unclear or incomprehensible: a new tax code that only confuses.

[Middle English confusen, from Old French confus, perplexed, from Latin cōnfūsus, past participle of cōnfundere, to mix together; see confound.]

con·fus′a·ble adj.
con·fus′ing·ly adv.

confusing

(kənˈfjuːzɪŋ)
adj
causing bewilderment; difficult to follow; puzzling
conˈfusingly adv

con•fus•ing

(kənˈfyu zɪŋ)

adj.
causing or tending to cause confusion.
[1840–50]
con•fus′ing•ly, adv.
con•fus′ing•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.confusing - causing confusion or disorientation; "a confusing jumble of road signs"; "being hospitalized can be confusing and distressing for a small child"
disorienting - causing loss of physical or intellectual bearings; "making so many turns to the right and then the left was completely disorienting"; "a sharp blow to the head can be disorienting"
2.confusing - lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity; "sent confusing signals to Iraq"; "perplexing to someone who knew nothing about it"; "a puzzling statement"
unclear - not clear to the mind; "the law itself was unclear on that point"; "the reason for their actions is unclear to this day"

confusing

Translations
matoucí
forvirrende
hämmentävä
confusantdéroutant
zbunjujući
困惑させる
혼란시키는
nejasen
förvirrande
น่าสับสน
gây nhầm lẫn

confusing

[kənˈfjuːzɪŋ] ADJ [instructions, message] → confuso
it's a very confusing situationla situación es muy confusa
the traffic signs are confusinglas señales de tráfico están poco claras
it's all very confusinges muy difícil de entender

confusing

[kənˈfjuːzɪŋ] adjdéroutant(e), peu clair(e)
The traffic signs are confusing → Les panneaux de signalisation ne sont pas clairs.

confusing

adjverwirrend

confusing

[kənˈfjuːzɪŋ] adj (signals) → ambiguo/a; (plot, layout) → confuso/a

confusing

مُرْبِك matoucí forvirrende verwirrend συγκεχυμένος confuso hämmentävä déroutant zbunjujući disorientante 困惑させる 혼란시키는 verwarrend forvirrende dezorientujący confuso сбивающий с толку förvirrande น่าสับสน yanıltıcı gây nhầm lẫn 使人糊涂的
References in classic literature ?
The action was at first a little confusing to Edna, but she soon lent herself readily to the Creole's gentle caress.
And what was the use, he asked, of confusing Religion with men's perversions of it?
Too many of the world's famous buildings fail of one chief virtue--harmony; they are made up of a methodless mixture of the ugly and the beautiful; this is bad; it is confusing, it is unrestful.
He resolved to try the confusing effect on the housekeeper of a complete change of tactics before she had time to press her advantage and attack him in the dark.
This was naturally confusing, among so many strangers, and cost me some tears, but on the whole it was much better than I had anticipated.
But, however good their theories, women by nature cannot help confusing body and soul, and what to a man is a mere fancy of the senses, to them is a spiritual tragedy.
If you were an economist I should condemn you for confusing economic with ethical considerations, and for your uncertainty as to the function which my father got his start by performing.
I'm afraid I can't put it more clearly,' Alice replied very politely, `for I can't understand it myself to begin with; and being so many different sizes in a day is very confusing.
The lion's roar, the fierce wolf's savage howl, The horrid hissing of the scaly snake, The awesome cries of monsters yet unnamed, The crow's ill-boding croak, the hollow moan Of wild winds wrestling with the restless sea, The wrathful bellow of the vanquished bull, The plaintive sobbing of the widowed dove, The envied owl's sad note, the wail of woe That rises from the dreary choir of Hell, Commingled in one sound, confusing sense, Let all these come to aid my soul's complaint, For pain like mine demands new modes of song.
The flickering light was blinding and confusing, and a thin hail smote gustily at my face as I drove down the slope.
The smoke lately generated was in confusing clouds that made it difficult for the regiment to proceed with intelligence.
For the recognition of private property has really harmed Individualism, and obscured it, by confusing a man with what he possesses.