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English adjective: confused

1. confused perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment

SamplesObviously bemused by his questions.
Bewildered and confused.
A cloudy and confounded philosopher.
Just a mixed-up kid.
She felt lost on the first day of school.

Synonymsat sea, baffled, befuddled, bemused, bewildered, confounded, lost, mazed, mixed-up



2. confused lacking orderly continuity

SamplesA confused set of instructions.
A confused dream about the end of the world.
Disconnected fragments of a story.
Scattered thoughts.

Synonymsdisconnected, disjointed, disordered, garbled, illogical, scattered, unconnected


Antonymscoherent, consistent, logical, ordered

3. confused having lost your bearings; confused as to time or place or personal identity

SamplesI frequently find myself disoriented when I come up out of the subway.
The anesthetic left her completely disoriented.

Synonymsdisoriented, lost


Antonymsorientated, oriented

4. confused thrown into a state of disarray or confusion

SamplesTroops fleeing in broken ranks.
A confused mass of papers on the desk.
The small disordered room.
With everything so upset.

Synonymsbroken, disordered, upset

Similardisorganised, disorganized


5. confused mentally confused; unable to think with clarity or act intelligently

SamplesThe flood of questions left her bewildered and confused.

Similaraddlebrained, addled, addlepated, befogged, befuddled, befuddled, clouded, dazed, dazzled, muddled, muddleheaded, muzzy, puddingheaded, punch-drunk, silly, slaphappy, spaced-out, stunned, stupefied, stupid, trancelike, woolly, woolly-headed, wooly, wooly-minded

See alsoperplexed

Antonymsclear-thinking, clearheaded

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