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Confusion Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    confusion n
  1. disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably; "the army retreated in confusion"
  2. a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior; "a confusion of impressions" [syn: mental confusion, confusedness, disarray]
  3. a feeling of embarrassment that leaves you confused [syn: discombobulation]
  4. an act causing a disorderly combination of elements with identities lost and distinctions blended; "the confusion of tongues at the Tower of Babel"
  5. a mistake that results from taking one thing to be another; "he changed his name in order to avoid confusion with the notorious outlaw" [syn: mix-up]
Confusion Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Confusion \Con*fu"sion\, n. [F. confusion, L. confusio.]
  1. The state of being mixed or blended so as to produce indistinctness or error; indistinct combination; disorder; tumult. The confusion of thought to which the Aristotelians were liable. --Whewell. Moody beggars starving for a time Of pellmell havoc and confusion. --Shak.
  2. The state of being abashed or disconcerted; loss self-possession; perturbation; shame. Confusion dwelt in every face And fear in every heart. --Spectator.
  3. Overthrow; defeat; ruin. Ruin seize thee, ruthless king, Confusion on thy banners wait. --Gray.
  4. One who confuses; a confounder. [Obs.] --Chapmen. Confusion of goods (Law), the intermixture of the goods of two or more persons, so that their respective portions can no longer be distinguished. --Blackstone. --Bouvier.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Confusion'

Confusion (from Latin confusĭo, -ōnis, noun of action from confundere "to pour together", also "to confuse") of a pathological degree usually refers to loss of orientation (ability to place oneself correctly in the world by time,

Confusion may result from a relatively sudden brain dysfunction. Acute confusion is often called delirium (also called acute confusional state), although delirium also includes a broader array of disorders than confusion, e.g. inability to focus attention and various impairments in awareness and temporal and spatial orientation.

Confusion may also result from chronic organic brain pathologies such as dementia. In either case, confusion is usually associated with some degree of loss of ability to focus attention, but (as noted) the association is not invariable, especially for lesser degrees of impairment.

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* It seems to me that perfection of means and confusion of goals seems to characterize our age. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

* Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished. - Johann von Goethe

* Lady you berefit me of all words, Only my blood speaks to you in my veins, And there is such confusion in my powers. - William Shakespeare

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