Definition of confusticate in US English:



[with object]informal
  • 1Confuse, confound, or perplex (someone)

    ‘much of the vocabulary confusticates him’
    • ‘Having a festival here at the end of the summer is mildly confusticating.’
    • ‘Bother and confusticate those French dressmakers!’
    • ‘That line confusticates me - does it have a specific meaning?’
    • ‘Then, good-bye and — confusticate you!’
    • ‘It altogether confusticated me to think I couldn't help myself.’
    • ‘How many chances do you get to confusticate Satan himself?’
    • ‘They asked me so many questions that I was most confusticated.’
    • ‘The classification of pandas confusticated scientists for years.’
    bewilder, baffle, mystify, bemuse, perplex, puzzle, confound, befog, nonplus, disconcert, throw, set someone thinking
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    1. 1.1 Make (something) obscure, unclear, or unintelligible.
      ‘you seem to be purposefully confusticating the issue’
      • ‘Tell him frankly you don't like him and spare him the confusticating detail.’
      • ‘It will take me a long time to better my confusticated style.’
      • ‘The information contained herein has been thoroughly encrypted and confusticated.’
      • ‘I do not care to perpetuate his confusticating error.’


Mid 19th century: alteration of confound or confuse.