KJV Dictionary Definition: confuse


CONFUSE, v.t. L. See Confound.

1. To mix or blend things, so that they cannot be distinguished.

Stunning sounds and voices all confused.

Every battle of the warrior is with confused noise. Isaiah 9.

2. To disorder; as, a sudden alarm confused the troops; a careless bookkeeper has confused the accounts.

3. To perplex; to render indistinct; as, the clamor confused his ideas.

4. To throw the mind into disorder; to cast down or abash; to cause to blush; to agitate by surprise, or shame; to disconcert.

A sarcastic remark confused the gentleman and he could not proceed in his argument.

Confused and sadly she at length replied.



1. Mixed; blended, so that the things or persons mixed cannot be distinguished.

Some cried one thing, and some another; for the assembly was confused. Acts 19.

2. Perplexed by disorder, or want of system; as a confused account.

3. Abashed; put to the blush or to shame; agitated; disconcerted.



1. In a general sense, a mixture of several things promiscuously; hence, disorder; irregularity; as the confusion of tongues at Babel.

2. Tumult; want of order in society.

The whole city was filled with confusion. Acts 19.

God is not the author of confusion. 1 Corinthians. 14.

3. A blending or confounding; indistinct combination; opposed to distinctness or perspicuity; as a confusion of ideas.

4. Abashment; shame.

O Lord, let me never be put to confusion. Psalm 71.

We lie in shame and our confusion covereth us. Jeremiah 3.

5. Astonishment; agitation; perturbation; distraction of mind.

Confusion dwelt in every face.

6. Overthrow; defeat; ruin.

The makers of idols shall go to confusion together. Isaiah 45.

7. A shameful blending of natures, a shocking crime. Leviticus 18:23, 20:12.