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confusion (n.)

c. 1300, confusioun, "overthrow, ruin," from Old French confusion "disorder, confusion, shame" (11c.) and directly from Latin confusionem (nominative confusio) "a mingling, mixing, blending; confusion, disorder," noun of action from past-participle stem of confundere "to pour together," also "to confuse" (see confound).

Meaning "act of mingling together two or more things or notions properly separate" is from mid-14c. Sense of "a putting to shame, perturbation of the mind" (a sort of mental "overthrow") is from c. 1400 in English, while that of "mental perplexity, state of having indistinct ideas" is from 1590s. Meaning "state of being mixed together," literally or figuratively, "a disorderly mingling" is from late 14c.

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Definitions of confusion from WordNet

confusion (n.)
disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably;
the army retreated in confusion
confusion (n.)
a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior;
a confusion of impressions
Synonyms: mental confusion / confusedness / muddiness / disarray
confusion (n.)
a feeling of embarrassment that leaves you confused;
Synonyms: discombobulation
confusion (n.)
an act causing a disorderly combination of elements with identities lost and distinctions blended;
the confusion of tongues at the Tower of Babel
confusion (n.)
a mistake that results from taking one thing to be another;
he changed his name in order to avoid confusion with the notorious outlaw
Synonyms: mix-up
From wordnet.princeton.edu