1. cause surprise or confusion in (someone), especially by acting against their expectations

2. mix up (something) with something else so that the individual elements become difficult to distinguish.

Part of Speech (POS)


I’ll use it in a sentence:

• Jennifer was confounded by her friend Sam’s apoplectic response to her question.

• Mr. White’s students were confounded by the undisclosed topics he included on the quiz.

• The perfidious criminal defense attorney’s strategy was to confound the jury in an effort to obfuscate the jurors from uncovering the truth.

• Because Rhonda had only been dating her boyfriend Tim for a few months, she was both overjoyed and confounded when he proposed to her.

• None of us should be confounded by what we see and hear on the news because the Bible forewarned that there would be an increase of lawlessness in the last days.

To make the present tense form of a regular verb into the past tense simply add a -d or -ed This is called, past participle and is important when writing and speaking.

Past participles are parts of verbs used to form many verb tenses. They are used to form the past perfect tense, present perfect tense, and future perfect tense.


confound = present tense
confound+ (ed) = past tense
will confound = future perfect tense

Now it’s your turn, on a sheet of paper or in the comment section below, write a few sentences using the word confound.

Tip: Use the word during a conversation today. The more you familiarize yourself with this word, by consistently incorporating it in your vocabulary and writing, the easier it will be to remember the word. Figuratively speaking, you’ll own the word.

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