UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/kənˈfjuːʒən/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/kənˈfyuʒən/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(kən fyo̅o̅zhən)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
con•fu•sion /kənˈfyuʒən/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. bewilderment;
    puzzlement:Imagine our confusion when I started teaching in the wrong room.
  2. [often: in + ~] disorder;
    upheaval: The army retreated in confusion.
  3. lack of clearness or distinctness:Your writing suffers from too much confusion.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
con•fu•sion  (kən fyo̅o̅zhən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act of confusing.
  2. the state of being confused.
  3. disorder;
    chaos:The army retreated in confusion.
  4. lack of clearness or distinctness:a confusion in his mind between right and wrong.
  5. perplexity;
    bewilderment:The more difficult questions left us in complete confusion.
  6. embarrassment or abashment:He blushed in confusion.
  7. [Psychiatry.]a disturbed mental state;
  8. [Archaic.]defeat, overthrow, or ruin.
con•fusion•al, adj. 
  • Latin confūsiōn- (stem of confūsiō). See confuse, -ion
  • Anglo-French)
  • Middle English ( 1300–50
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged distraction.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged turmoil, jumble, mess, disarray.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged shame, mortification.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
confusion /kənˈfjuːʒən/ n
  1. the act of confusing or the state of being confused
  2. disorder; jumble
  3. bewilderment; perplexity
  4. lack of clarity; indistinctness
  5. embarrassment; abashment
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