If things are a little hazy and you're not quite sure what's going on, you're in a state of confusion.

Confusion involves disorder, whether it's mixed up thoughts or plain old chaos. If everyone is screaming and running around, there's a lot of confusion. If you don't understand a math problem, you could be in a state of confusion. Mixing up two people who look alike is another type of confusion. If someone wants to make something very clear, they might say, "Let me clear up any confusion."

Definitions of 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”
Type of:
error, fault, mistake
a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention

n a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior

“a confusion of impressions”
confusedness, disarray, mental confusion, muddiness
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confusion (usually transient) about where you are and how to proceed; uncertainty as to direction
mental turmoil
daze, fog, haze
confusion characterized by lack of clarity
confusion resulting from lack of preparation
jamais vu
the experience of being unfamiliar with a person or situation that is actually very familiar; associated with certain types of epilepsy
bafflement, befuddlement, bemusement, bewilderment, mystification, obfuscation, puzzlement
confusion resulting from failure to understand
trouble or confusion resulting from complexity
culture shock
a condition of disorientation affecting someone who is suddenly exposed to an unfamiliar culture or way of life or set of attitudes
closed book, enigma, mystery, secret
something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
maze, snarl, tangle
something jumbled or confused
dilemma, quandary
state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options
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cognitive state, state of mind
the state of a person's cognitive processes

n a feeling of embarrassment that leaves you confused

Type of:
the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public

n disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably

“the army retreated in confusion
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demoralisation, demoralization
a state of disorder and confusion
noisy confusion and turbulence
bedlam, chaos, pandemonium, topsy-turvydom, topsy-turvyness
a state of extreme confusion and disorder
a state of confusion
schemozzle, shemozzle
(Yiddish) a confused situation or affair; a mess
a word for chaos or fiasco borrowed from modern Hebrew (where it is a loan word from Russian)
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a disturbance of the peace or of public order

n an act causing a disorderly combination of elements with identities lost and distinctions blended

“the confusion of tongues at the Tower of Babel”
a confusion of voices and other sounds
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combination, combining, compounding
the act of combining things to form a new whole

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