Definition of confusticate in English:


transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1 informal Confuse, confound, or perplex (someone)

    • ‘much of the vocabulary confusticates him’
    • ‘How many chances do you get to confusticate Satan himself?’
    • ‘Bother and confusticate those French dressmakers!’
    • ‘It altogether confusticated me to think I couldn't help myself.’
    • ‘They asked me so many questions that I was most confusticated.’
    • ‘That line confusticates me - does it have a specific meaning?’
    • ‘Having a festival here at the end of the summer is mildly confusticating.’
    • ‘Then, good-bye and — confusticate you!’
    • ‘The classification of pandas confusticated scientists for years.’
    bewilder, baffle, mystify, bemuse, perplex, puzzle, confound, befog, nonplus, disconcert, throw, set someone thinking
    1. 1.1Make (something) obscure, unclear, or unintelligible.
      ‘you seem to be purposefully confusticating the issue’
      • ‘The information contained herein has been thoroughly encrypted and confusticated.’
      • ‘It will take me a long time to better my confusticated style.’
      • ‘I do not care to perpetuate his confusticating error.’
      • ‘Tell him frankly you don't like him and spare him the confusticating detail.’



/ˌkänˈfəstəkāt/ /ˌkɑnˈfəstəkeɪt/


Mid 19th century alteration of confound or confuse.