confusion

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
  1. noun
    a mistake that results from taking one thing to be another
    “he changed his name in order to avoid confusion with the notorious outlaw”
    synonyms: mix-up
    see moresee less
    type of:
    error, fault, mistake
    a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
  2. noun
    a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior
    “a confusion of impressions”
    synonyms: confusedness, disarray, mental confusion, muddiness
    see moresee less
    types:
    show 11 types...
    hide 11 types...
    disorientation
    confusion (usually transient) about where you are and how to proceed; uncertainty as to direction
    distraction
    mental turmoil
    daze, fog, haze
    confusion characterized by lack of clarity
    half-cock
    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
    perplexity
    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
    type of:
    cognitive state, state of mind
    the state of a person's cognitive processes
  3. noun
    a feeling of embarrassment that leaves you confused
    synonyms: discombobulation
    see moresee less
    type of:
    embarrassment
    the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public
  4. noun
    disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably
    “the army retreated in confusion
    see moresee less
    types:
    show 6 types...
    hide 6 types...
    demoralisation, demoralization
    a state of disorder and confusion
    bluster
    noisy confusion and turbulence
    bedlam, chaos, pandemonium, topsy-turvydom, topsy-turvyness
    a state of extreme confusion and disorder
    hugger-mugger
    a state of confusion
    schemozzle, shemozzle
    (Yiddish) a confused situation or affair; a mess
    balagan
    a word for chaos or fiasco borrowed from modern Hebrew (where it is a loan word from Russian)
    type of:
    disorder
    a disturbance of the peace or of public order
  5. noun
    an act causing a disorderly combination of elements with identities lost and distinctions blended
    “the confusion of tongues at the Tower of Babel”
    see moresee less
    types:
    babel
    a confusion of voices and other sounds
    type of:
    combination, combining, compounding
    the act of combining things to form a new whole
Word Family