confusion - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a feeling that you do not understand something or cannot decide what to do
    confusion about/over:

    There seems to be some confusion about who actually won.

    confusion as to:

    There was some confusion as to his real identity.

    cause/create/lead to confusion:

    These changes have just caused more confusion among teachers.

    in confusion:

    She stared at him in confusion.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] a situation in which things are untidy, badly organized, or not clear

    Inside the building was a scene of total confusion.

    in (all) the confusion:

    In all the confusion, we lost sight of each other.

    confusion reigns:

    Confusion reigned as officials finally tried to sort out who had won the race.

  3. 3
    [singular/uncountable] a situation in which you mistake one person or thing for another

    Could there have been a confusion of identities?

    avoid confusion:

    The wires are colour-coded to avoid confusion.

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