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Confusion

The combination or mixture of two things; the process of commingling.

Confusion has been used synonymously with merger, meaning a union of two separate entities that eliminates clear boundaries. Confusion of rights, for example, is a combination of the rights of debtor and creditor in the same individual. Similarly, a confusion of titles exists when two titles to the same property combine in the same person. A confusion of debts is a method of eliminating a debt or canceling it. This may occur, for example, upon the death of a creditor when the debtor is the creditor's heir.

confusion

(Ambiguity), noun agitation, astonishment, brouhaha, complex, complexity, confusion, congestion, convulsion, disarray, discomposure, dislocation, disorganization, distraction, doubt, enigma, ferment, fog, fracas, fuzziness, haze, hodgepodge, imbroglio, intricacy, involution, jumble, labyrinth, maze, melee, mix-up, opacity, panic, patchwork, perplexity, rumpus, scramble, skein, to-do, tumult, turbulence, uncertainty, uproar, vagueness
Associated concepts: confusion of goods, confusion of issues, confusion of rights

confusion

(Commotion), noun chaos, dilemma, disturbance, embroilment, entanglement, havoc, irregularity, medley, muddle, pandemonium, shambles, snarl, tangle, turmoil

confusion

(Consternation), noun befuddlement, confoundment, disconcertion, disorientation, distress, fear, fluster, fright, mortification, mystification, perturbation, quandary, suffusion, trepidation

confusion

(Turmoil), noun anarchy, chaos, clamor, clutter, commotion, complexity, confusio, congestion, difficulty, disarrangement, disarray, discord, disorderliness, disorganization, disquiet, disquietude, distraction, disturbance, entanglement, farrago, ferment, frenzy, havoc, imbroglio, inseparable intermixture, muddle, pandemonium, perturbatio, rampage, shapelessness, tumult, turbulence, unrest, unsettlement, upheaval, uproar
See also: ambiguity, anarchy, commotion, complex, complication, dilemma, disorder, disturbance, doubt, embarrassment, embroilment, enigma, entanglement, havoc, imbroglio, indecision, involution, irregularity, jargon, misrule, opacity, pandemonium, panic, quandary, riot, shambles, snarl, turmoil

confusion

1 in the lawof contract, in Scotland, a party cannot be under an obligation to himself Thus, if a person becomes his own creditor the debt is extinguished.
2 an anglicization of CONFUSIO.

CONFUSION. The concurrence of two qualities in the same subject, which mutually destroy each other. Potli. Ob. P. 3, c. 5 3 Bl. Com. 405; Story Bailm. Sec. 40.

References in classic literature ?
She rushed out at an opposite door from the one her uncle was approaching, and was walking up and down the East room ill the utmost confusion of contrary feeling, before Sir Thomas's politeness or apologies were over, or he had reached the beginning of the joyful intelligence which his visitor came to communicate.
These were not expressions to do Fanny any good; for though she read in too much haste and confusion to form the clearest judgment of Miss Crawford's meaning, it was evident that she meant to compliment her on her brother's attachment, and even to appear to believe it serious.
The confusion and hesitation which she had already noticed began to show themselves in his manner once more.
He tried to feel the pulse: his hand trembled, the noise and confusion in the kitchen bewildered him.
Square was rejoiced to find this adventure was likely to have no worse conclusion; and as for Molly, being recovered from her confusion, she began at first to upbraid Square with having been the occasion of her loss of Jones; but that gentleman soon found the means of mitigating her anger, partly by caresses, and partly by a small nostrum from his purse, of wonderful and approved efficacy in purging off the ill humours of the mind, and in restoring it to a good temper.
My mother and sisters were always about me, and I was always trying to escape them; for they worried me to distraction with their solicitude for my health and with their periodic inroads on my den, when my orderly confusion, upon which I prided myself, was turned into worse confusion and less order, though it looked neat enough to the eye.
Zarathustra's habit of designating a whole class of men or a whole school of thought by a single fitting nickname may perhaps lead to a little confusion at first; but, as a rule, when the general drift of his arguments is grasped, it requires but a slight effort of the imagination to discover whom he is referring to.
On the journey in the train he talked to his neighbors about politics and the new railways, and, just as in Moscow, he was overcome by a sense of confusion of ideas, dissatisfaction with himself, shame of something or other.
We were each attached to a party sent out by the general's orders to prevent the plunder and confusion which followed our conquest.
and looked hard in my face, with a pleading fear and confusion that it troubled me to see.
Favoured by this circumstance, he succeeded in reaching the bushes in sufficient time and Paul Hover had just hurried the breathless Ellen into the tangled bush, as Ishmael gained the summit of the rock, in the manner already described, where he stood like a man momentarily bereft of sense, gazing at the confusion which had been created among his chattels, or at his gagged and bound children, who had been safely bestowed, by the forethought of the bee-hunter, under the cover of a bark roof, in a sort of irregular pile.
I knew it," he muttered in confusion, "I thought so