Definition of confusion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈfjuːʒn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfjuːʒn//
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  1. 1  [uncountable, countable] confusion (about/over something) | confusion (as to something) a state of not being certain about what is happening, what you should do, what something means, etc. There is some confusion about what the correct procedure should be. a confusion as to what to do next
  2. 2  [uncountable, countable] confusion (between A and B) the fact of making a mistake about who somebody is or what something is To avoid confusion, please write the children's names clearly on all their school clothes. confusion between letters of the alphabet like ‘o’ or ‘a’
  3. 3  [uncountable] a feeling of embarrassment when you do not understand something and are not sure what to do in a situation He looked at me in confusion and did not answer the question. Sacha felt confusion sweeping over her as she read the letter.
  4. 4  [uncountable] a confused situation in which people do not know what action to take Fighting had broken out and all was chaos and confusion. Her unexpected arrival threw us into total confusion.
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Latin confusio(n-), from the verb confundere ‘mingle together’.Extra examples Confusion reigned when the two managers gave conflicting instructions. His expression was one of pure confusion. I could sense her confusion and frustration. I kept my ex-husband’s last name to prevent confusion. In the confusion that followed, she managed to slip away unnoticed. She stared at them both in utter confusion. The announcement caused a lot of confusion among the students. The government needs to clear up the confusion surrounding its policy on water. The local council has been thrown into total confusion by her resignation. There has been considerable confusion regarding the facts of her death. There is widespread confusion about the government’s health policy. They are very hard to tell apart, so the confusion is understandable. This latest decision has only added to the general confusion. To avoid confusion, label each box clearly. a few key tips to help you avoid any confusion confusion as to the whereabouts of the man confusion between letters of the alphabet medication labels that minimize confusion the confusion of this book with her last one He managed to escape in the confusion. His cross caused confusion in the penalty box. The protesters set off smoke bombs to create confusion and panic. There was a confusion as to what to do next.
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