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Confound, 1) to mingle so as to make indistinguishable: “like a drop of water that in the ocean seeks another drop, who . . . --s himself,” Err. I, 2, 38.
2) to perplex, to confuse: “even so --ed in the dark she lay,” Ven. 827. “that eye which looks on her --s his wits,” Lucr. 290. “the wiry concord that mine ear --s,” Sonn. 128, 4. Phoen. 41. John V, 7, 20. R3 IV, 4, 261. H6A V, 3, 71.
3) to amaze: “the timorous yelping of the hounds appals her senses and her spirit confounds,” Ven. 882. “which with cold terror doth men's minds c.” Ven. 882 Lucr. 456. Caes. III, 1, 87. Hml. II, 2, 591.
4) to destroy, to ruin, to make away with: “when he himself himself --s,” Lucr. 160. “c. and kill all pure effects,” Lucr. 160 “my shame be his that did my fame c.” Lucr. 160 “one man's lust these many lives --s,” Lucr. 160 “never-resting time leads summer on to hideous winter and --s him there,” Sonn. 5, 6. 60, 8. 64, 10. 69, 7. Gentl. V, 4, 73. Meas. IV, 4, 31. LLL V, 2, 397. LLL V, 2, 397 Mids. III, 2, 93. Merch. III, 2, 278. Shr. V, 2, 140. All's II, 3, 127. John IV, 2, 29. V, 7, 58. R2 III, 4, 60. IV, 141. V, 3, 86. H4B IV, 4, 41. R3 II, 1, 14. IV, 4, 399. Rom. II, 6, 13. Tim. IV, 3, 339. V, 1, 106. Mcb. II, 2, 12. IV, 1, 54. IV, 3, 99. Ant. III, 2, 58. Cymb. I, 4, 54. Per. V, 2, 14. all is --ed == all is lost, H5 IV, 5, 3. -- Used by way of a curse: “war and lechery c. all!” Troil. II, 3, 82. “the Roman Gods c. you both!” Tit. IV, 2, 6. Tim. I, 1, 244. IV, 1, 37. IV, 3, 75. Ant. II, 5, 92. “--ed be your strife!” H6A IV, 1, 123. “--ed be thyself,” Tim. IV, 3, 128. “O, c. the rest!” Hml. III, 2, 187 (== speak no more).
Without an object: “--ing age's cruel knife,” Sonn. 63, 10. “the shaft --s, not that it wounds, but tickles still the sore,” Troil. III, 1, 128*) “--ing contraries,” Tim. IV, 1, 20. “--ing odds,” IV, 3, 392. “come, tears, c.!” Mids. V, 300 (Pyramus' speech). *) O. Ed. without comma.
5) to waste, to wear away: “who --s in singleness the parts that thou shouldst bear,” Sonn. 8, 7. “as doth a galled rock o'erhang and jutty his --ed base, swilled with the wild and wasteful ocean,” H5 III, 1, 13. Applied to time: “he did c. the best part of an hour,” H4A I, 3, 100. “how couldst thou in a mile c. an hour,” Cor. I, 6, 17. “let's not c. the time with conference harsh,” Ant. I, 1, 45. “to c. such time as drums him from his sport, 'tis to be chid,” I, 4, 28.
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