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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.
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confusing

(kənˈfjuːzɪŋ)
adj
causing bewilderment; difficult to follow; puzzling
conˈfusingly adv
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con•fus•ing

(kənˈfyu zɪŋ)

adj.
causing or tending to cause confusion.
[1840–50]
con•fus′ing•ly, adv.
con•fus′ing•ness, n.
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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"
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confusing

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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

confusing

[kənˈfjuːzɪŋ] adjdéroutant(e), peu clair(e)
The traffic signs are confusing → Les panneaux de signalisation ne sont pas clairs.
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

confusing

adjverwirrend
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confusing

[kənˈfjuːzɪŋ] adj (signals) → ambiguo/a; (plot, layout) → confuso/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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
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References in classic literature ?
Suidas is confusing the two Artemisias, but he may be right in attributing the poem to about 480 B.C.
It would be an easy map if that were all, but there is also first day at school, religion, fathers, the round pond, needle-work, murders, hangings, verbs that take the dative, chocolate pudding day, getting into braces, say ninety-nine, three-pence for pulling out your tooth yourself, and so on, and either these are part of the island or they are another map showing through, and it is all rather confusing, especially as nothing will stand still.
These, however, were so mixed and confusing that I could make nothing of them.
Made giddy by the turbulent irruption of this multitude of staring faces into her cell of years, by the confusing sensation of being in the air, and the yet more confusing sensation of being afoot, by the unexpected changes in half-remembered objects, and the want of likeness between the controllable pictures her imagination had often drawn of the life from which she was secluded and the overwhelming rush of the reality, she held her way as if she were environed by distracting thoughts, rather than by external humanity and observation.
But when they got there Sunday, many were frustrated by crashes, glitches, buffering and a user interface that many of them found confusing.