If you have an identical twin, you've probably tried dressing alike so that people confound you with, or mistake you for, one another. You've also probably learned that, unfortunately, this trick doesn’t work on your mom.

The verb confound means both "to mistake" and "to confuse." If you decide to treat yourself to a delicious dessert, you might find yourself confounded by the overwhelming number of choices. If you end up ordering the chocolate cake but the waiter brings you chocolate mousse, the waiter has somehow confounded those two options. Another meaning you may come across in literature is "to damn," as in "Confound it! You are the most exasperating person on the planet."

Definitions of confound
  1. verb
    be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
    synonyms: bedevil, befuddle, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw
    confuse, disconcert, flurry, put off
    cause to feel embarrassment
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    demoralise, demoralize
    confuse or put into disorder
    amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex
    be a mystery or bewildering to
    disorient, disorientate
    cause to be lost or disoriented
    mix up, stump
    cause to be perplexed or confounded
    set a difficult problem or riddle
    elude, escape
    be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
    type of:
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  2. verb
    mistake one thing for another
    synonyms: conflate, confuse
    blur, confuse, obnubilate, obscure
    make unclear, indistinct, or blurred
    confuse, jumble, mix up
    assemble without order or sense
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    type of:
    misidentify, mistake
    identify incorrectly
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