Conflate vs. Confuse

Conflate vs. Confuse — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Conflate and Confuse

Conflateverb

To bring together; meld or fuse

"The problems [with the biopic] include ... dates moved around, lovers deleted, many characters conflated into one" (Ty Burr).

Confuseverb

To cause to be unable to think with clarity or act with intelligence or understanding; bewilder or perplex.

Conflateverb

To combine (two variant texts, for example) into one whole.

Confuseverb

(Archaic) To cause to feel embarrassment.

Conflateverb

To fail to distinguish between; confuse. See Usage Note below.

Confuseverb

To fail to differentiate (one person or thing) from another

confused effusiveness with affection.

Conflateverb

To bring (things) together and fuse (them) into a single entity.

Confuseverb

To make more complex or difficult to understand

"The old labels ... confuse debate instead of clarifying it" (Christopher Lasch).

Conflateverb

To mix together different elements.

Confuseverb

To make something unclear or incomprehensible

a new tax code that only confuses.

Conflateverb

(by extension) To fail to properly distinguish or keep separate (things); to mistakenly treat (them) as equivalent.

“Bacon was Lord Chancellor of England and the first European to experiment with gunpowder.” — “No, you are conflating Francis Bacon and Roger Bacon.”

Confuseverb

(transitive) To mix up; to puzzle; to bewilder.

Conflateadjective

(biblical criticism) Combining elements from multiple versions of the same text.

Confuseverb

(transitive) To mistake (one thing) for another.

People who say "hola" to Italians are confusing Italian with Spanish.

Conflatenoun

(biblical criticism) A conflate text, one which conflates multiple version of a text together.

Confuseverb

(transitive) To mix thoroughly; to confound; to disorder.

Conflateverb

mix together different elements;

The colors blend well

Confuseverb

To make uneasy and ashamed; to embarrass.

Confuseverb

To rout; discomfit.

Confuseverb

mistake one thing for another;

you are confusing me with the other candidateI mistook her for the secretary

Confuseverb

be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly;

These questions confuse even the expertsThis question completely threw meThis question befuddled even the teacher

Confuseverb

cause to feel embarrassment;

The constant attention of the young man confused her

Confuseverb

assemble without order or sense;

She jumbles the words when she is supposed to write a sentence

Confuseverb

make unclear or incomprehensible;

The new tax return forms only confuse

Confuseverb

make unclear, indistinct, or blurred;

Her remarks confused the debateTheir words obnubilate their intentions