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 (kən-found′, kŏn-)
tr.v. con·found·ed, con·found·ing, con·founds
1. To cause to become confused or perplexed. See Synonyms at perplex.
2. To fail to distinguish; mix up: Don't confound fiction and fact.
3. To make (something bad) worse: Do not confound the problem by losing your temper.
4. To cause to be ashamed; abash: an invention that confounded the skeptics.
5. Used in mild curses: Confound you!
a. To frustrate or thwart: trivial demands that confounded the peace talks.
b. Archaic To defeat or overthrow (an enemy).

[Middle English confounden, from Anglo-Norman confundre, from Latin cōnfundere, to mix together, confuse : com-, com- + fundere, to pour; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.]

con·found′er n.
con·found′ing·ly adv.


in a confounding manner
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An exceedingly and confoundingly perplexing jumble of a school, in fact, where black spirits and grey, red spirits and white, jumbled jumbled jumbled jumbled, jumbled every night.
People, confoundingly to me, have come to be quite accepting of the value attached by fiat to these pieces of paper we call currency.
If we can stipulate that existence is an inherently messy affair, ungainly and contradictory and confoundingly unresolved, then 'Obvious Child' may be the most pro-life movie of the year.
For visitors to this re-creation, made in collaboration with those masters of reflexivity and reconstruction, Thomas Demand and Rem Koolhaas, encountering Szeemann's historically chosen artworks via this process resulted in confoundingly hybrid absences and experiences, including original objects, newly created remakes (reenactments, in Celant's terminology), and black-and-white photographic reproductions of works that could not be obtained, complete with dotted lines demarcating where these missing pieces would have been placed.
It's kind of one of those things that is confoundingly simplistic," Helfrich said.
Like the incestuous doubling of mother and wife, husband and son, the object of his fear and the source of his solace are confoundingly the same.
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