If things are a little hazy and you're not quite sure what's going on, you're in a state of confusion.


a mistake that results from taking one thing to be another; "he changed his name in order to avoid confusion with the notorious outlaw"

an act causing a disorderly combination of elements with identities lost and distinctions blended; "the confusion of tongues at the Tower of Babel"

a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior; "a confusion of impressions"

a feeling of embarrassment that leaves you confused

disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably; "the army retreated in confusion"


The state of being mixed or blended so as to produce indistinctness or error; indistinct combination; disorder; tumult.

The state of being abashed or disconcerted; loss self-possession; perturbation; shame.

Overthrow; defeat; ruin.

One who confuses; a confounder.


Usage Examples

Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age.

Hitler and Mussolini were only the primary spokesmen for the attitude of domination and craving for power that are in the heart of almost everyone. Until the source is cleared, there will always be confusion and hate, wars and class antagonisms.

An advertising agency is 85 percent confusion and 15 percent commission.

Economists treat economics as if it is a pure science divorced from the facts of life. The result of this false accountancy is a willful confusion under cover of which industry wreaks its havoc scot-free and ignores the environmental cost.

History and experience tell us that moral progress comes not in comfortable and complacent times, but out of trial and confusion.

Amidst the confusion of the times, the conflicts of conscience, and the turmoil of daily living, an abiding faith becomes an anchor to our lives.

Almost all the ideas we have about being a man or being a woman are so burdened with pain, anxiety, fear and self-doubt. For many of us, the confusion around this question is excruciating.

As one gets older one sees many more paths that could be taken. Artists sense within their own work that kind of swelling of possibilities, which may seem a freedom or a confusion.

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Other Usage Examples

Gandhi has asked that the British Government should walk out of India and leave the Indian people to settle differences among themselves, even if it means chaos and confusion.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

I don't know how many sacred cows there are today. I think there's a little confusion between humor and gross passing for humor. That's kind of regrettable.

I need to add that my work on multiple intelligences received a huge boost in 1995 when Daniel Goleman published his book on emotional intelligence. I am often confused with Dan. Initially, though Dan and I are longtime friends, this confusion irritated me.

All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.

Conversion is not my intention. Changing religion is not easy. You may develop some kind of confusion or difficulties.

At one of the annual conventions of the American Society for Aesthetics much confusion arose when the Society for Anesthetics met at the same time in the same hotel.

Berlin is still going through a transition since the Cold War - both in what used to be East and West Berlin. I can still sense the confusion and the struggle for identity there in the streets. There's a pulse to it.


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