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English noun: confusion

1. confusion (state) disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably


SamplesThe army retreated in confusion.


Broader (hypernym)disorder


Narrower (hyponym)bedlam, bluster, chaos, demoralisation, demoralization, hugger-mugger, pandemonium, schemozzle, shemozzle, topsy-turvydom, topsy-turvyness

2. confusion (cognition) a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior


SamplesA confusion of impressions.


Synonymsconfusedness, disarray, mental confusion, muddiness


Broader (hypernym)cognitive state, state of mind


Narrower (hyponym)bafflement, befuddlement, bemusement, bewilderment, daze, disorientation, distraction, fog, half-cock, haze, jamais vu, mystification, obfuscation, perplexity, puzzlement

3. confusion (feeling) a feeling of embarrassment that leaves you confused


Synonymsdiscombobulation


Broader (hypernym)embarrassment

4. confusion (act) an act causing a disorderly combination of elements with identities lost and distinctions blended


SamplesThe confusion of tongues at the Tower of Babel.


Broader (hypernym)combination, combining, compounding


Narrower (hyponym)babel

5. confusion (act) a mistake that results from taking one thing to be another


SamplesHe changed his name in order to avoid confusion with the notorious outlaw.


Synonymsmix-up


Broader (hypernym)error, fault, mistake









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