One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Confuse, confound, or perplex (someone)‘much of the vocabulary confusticates him’
bewilder, baffle, mystify, bemuse, perplex, puzzle, confound, befog, nonplus, disconcert, throw, set someone thinkingView synonyms
- ‘The classification of pandas confusticated scientists for years.’
- ‘Then, good-bye and — confusticate you!’
- ‘How many chances do you get to confusticate Satan himself?’
- ‘Having a festival here at the end of the summer is mildly confusticating.’
- ‘That line confusticates me - does it have a specific meaning?’
- ‘They asked me so many questions that I was most confusticated.’
- ‘Bother and confusticate those French dressmakers!’
- ‘It altogether confusticated me to think I couldn't help myself.’
- 1.1 Make (something) obscure, unclear, or unintelligible.‘you seem to be purposefully confusticating the issue’
- ‘The information contained herein has been thoroughly encrypted and confusticated.’
- ‘I do not care to perpetuate his confusticating error.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 19th century: alteration of confound or confuse.
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