Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ Latin confragosus
, from frangere
. See Fragile
.] Broken; uneven.
[ Obsolete] " Confragose
; plural Confraternities
. [ Late Latin confraternitas
: confer French confraternité
. See Fraternity
.] A society or body of men united for some purpose, or in some profession; a brotherhood.
These live in one society and confraternity .
Confrere noun [ French] Fellow member of a fraternity; intimate associate.
Confrication noun [ Latin confricatio , from confricare to rub vigorously.] A rubbing together; friction. [ Obsolete] Bacon.
[ Confer French confrère
. See Friar
.] A confrère.
[ Obsolete] Weever.
Confront transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Confronted
; present participle & verbal noun Confronting
.] [ French confronter
; Latin con-
the forehead or front. See Front
.] 1. To stand facing or in front of; to face; esp. to face hostilely; to oppose with firmness.
We four, indeed, confronted were with four
In Russian habit.
He spoke and then confronts the bull.
Hester caught hold of Pearl, and drew her forcibly into her arms, confronting the old Puritan magistrate with almost a fierce expression.
It was impossible at once to confront the might of France and to trample on the liberties of England. 2. To put face to face; to cause to face or to meet; as, to confront one with the proofs of his wrong doing. 3. To set in opposition for examination; to put in contrast; to compare.
When I confront a medal with a verse, I only show you the same design executed by different hands.
Confrontation noun [ Late Latin confrontatio .] Act of confronting. H. Swinburne.
Confronter noun One who confronts.
A confronter in authority.
confronting noun dealing with (a person or problem) directly; taking the bull by the horns.
Syn. -- braving, coping with, grappling, tackling.
[ WordNet 1.5 +PJC]
Confrontment noun The act of confronting; the state of being face to face.
Confucian adjective Of, or relating to, Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher and teacher. -- noun A Confucianist.
Confucianism noun The political morality taught by Confucius and his disciples, which forms the basis of the Chinese jurisprudence and education. It can hardly be called a religion, as it does not inculcate the worship of any god. S. W. Williams.
Confucianist noun A follower of Confucius; a Confucian. S. W. Williams.
[ French See Confuse
] Confused, disturbed.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Confusability noun Capability of being confused.
Confusable adjective Capable of being confused.
[ French confus
, Latin confusus
, past participle of confundere
. See Confound
.] Mixed; confounded.
[ Obsolete] Baret.
Confuse transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Confused
; present participle & verbal noun Confusing
.] 1. To mix or blend so that things can not be distinguished; to jumble together; to confound; to render indistinct or obscure; as, to confuse accounts; to confuse one's vision.
A universal hubbub wild 2. To perplex; to disconcert; to abash; to cause to lose self-possession.
Of stunning sounds and voices all confused .
Nor thou with shadowed hint confuse
A life that leads melodious days.
Confused and sadly she at length replied. Syn.
-- To abash; disorder; disarrange; disconcert; confound; obscure; distract. See Abash
Confusedly adverb In a confused manner.
Confusedness noun A state of confusion. Norris.
Confusely adverb Confusedly; obscurely. [ Obsolete]
[ French confusion
, Latin confusio
.] 1. The state of being mixed or blended so as to produce indistinctness or error; indistinct combination; disorder; tumult.
The confusion of thought to which the Aristotelians were liable.
Moody beggars starving for a time 2. The state of being abashed or disconcerted; loss self-possession; perturbation; shame.
Of pellmell havoc and confusion .
Confusion dwelt in every face 3. Overthrow; defeat; ruin.
And fear in every heart.
Ruin seize thee, ruthless king, 4. One who confuses; a confounder.
Confusion on thy banners wait.
[ Obsolete] Chapmen. Confusion of goods (Law)
, the intermixture of the goods of two or more persons, so that their respective portions can no longer be distinguished. Blackstone. Bouvier.
Confusive adjective Confusing; having a tendency to confusion. Bp. Hall.
Confutable adjective That may be confuted.
A conceit . . . confutable by daily experience.
Confutant noun [ Latin confutans , present participle of confutare .] One who undertakes to confute. Milton.
Confutation noun [ Latin confutatio : confer French confutation .] The act or process of confuting; refutation. "For the edification of some and the confutation of others." Bp. Horne.
Confutative adjective Adapted or designed to confute. Bp. Warburton
Confute transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Confuted
; present participle & verbal noun Confuting
.] [ Latin confutare
to chek (a boiling liquid), to repress, confute; con-
+ a root seen in futis
a water vessel), probably akin to fundere
to pour: confer French confuter
. See Fuse
to melt.] To overwhelm by argument; to refute conclusively; to prove or show to be false or defective; to overcome; to silence.
Satan stood . . . confuted and convinced
Of his weak arguing fallacious drift.
No man's error can be confuted who doth not . . . grant some true principle that contradicts his error.
I confute a good profession with a bad conversation. Syn.
-- To disprove; overthrow; sed aside; refute; oppugn. -- To Confute
, Refute. Refute
is literally to and decisive evidence; as, to refute
a calumny, charge, etc. Confute
is literally to check boiling, as when cold water is poured into hot, thus serving to allay, bring down, or neutralize completely. Hence, as applied to arguments (and the word is never applied, like refute
, to charges), it denotes, to overwhelm by evidence which puts an end to the case and leaves an opponent nothing to say; to silence; as, "the atheist is confuted
by the whole structure of things around him."
Confutement noun Confutation. [ Obsolete] Milton.
Confuter noun One who confutes or disproves.
Cong noun (Medicine) An abbreviation of Congius .
(kôN`zha"; E. kŏn"jē; 277) noun
[ French, leave, permission, from Latin commeatus
a going back and forth, a leave of absence, furlough, from commeare
, to go and come; com-
to go. Confer Permeate
.] [ Formerly written congie
.] 1. The act of taking leave; parting ceremony; farewell; also, dismissal.
Should she pay off old Briggs and give her her congé ? 2. The customary act of civility on any occasion; a bow or a courtesy.
The captain salutes you with congé profound. 3. (Architecture) An apophyge. Gwilt.
Conge intransitive verb
[ Imp. & past participle Congeed
; present participle & verbal noun Congeing
.] [ Old French congier
, French congédier
, from congé
. See Congé
] To take leave with the customary civilities; to bow or courtesy.
I have congeed with the duke, done my adieu with his nearest.
Congeable adjective (O. Eng. Law) Permissible; done lawfully; as, entry congeable .
Congeal transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Congealed
; present participle & verbal noun Congealing
.] [ French congeler
, Latin congelare
to freeze, gelu
frost. See Gelid
.] 1. To change from a fluid to a solid state by cold; to freeze.
A vapory deluge lies to snow congealed . 2. To affect as if by freezing; to check the flow of, or cause to run cold; to chill.
As if with horror to congeal his blood.
Congeal intransitive verb To grow hard, stiff, or thick, from cold or other causes; to become solid; to freeze; to cease to flow; to run cold; to be chilled.
Lest zeal, now melted . . .
Cool and congeal again to what it was .
Congealable adjective [ Confer French congelable .] Capable of being congealed. -- Con*geal"a*ble*ness , noun
Congealedness noun The state of being congealed. Dr. H.More.
Congealment noun 1. The act or the process of congealing; congeliation. 2. That which is formed by congelation; a clot.
Wash the congealment from your wounds.
Congee noun & v. See Congé , Conge .
And unto her his congee came to take.
Congee noun Congee discharges , rice water discharges. Dunglison. -- Congee water , water in which rice has been boiled.
1. [ Tamil ka...shi boilings.] Boiled rice; rice gruel. [ India] 2. A jail; a lockup. [ India]
[ French congélation
, Latin congelatio
.] 1. The act or process of passing, or causing to pass, from a fluid to a solid state, as by the abstraction of heat; the act or process of freezing.
The capillary tubes are obstructed either by outward compression or congelation of the fluid. 2. The state of being congealed. 3. That which is congealed.
Sugar plums . . . with a multitude of congelations in jellies of various colors.
[ From Latin congener
. See Congenerous
.] A thing of the same genus, species, or kind; a thing allied in nature, character, or action.
The cherry tree has been often grafted on the laurel, to which it is a congener .
Our elk is more polygamous in his habits than any other deer except his congener , the red deer of Europe.
Congeneracy noun Similarity of origin; affinity. [ Obsolete] Dr. H. More.
Congeneric, Congenerical adjective Belonging to the same genus; allied in origin, nature, or action. R. Owen.
[ Latin congener
, birth, kind, race. See Genus
, and confer Congener
.] Allied in origin or cause; congeneric; as, congenerous diseases.
[ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
[ Obsolete] Hallywell.
(...; 106) adjective
[ Prefix con-
.] 1. Partaking of the same nature; allied by natural characteristics; kindred; sympathetic.
Congenial souls! whose life one avarice joins. 2. Naturally adapted; suited to the disposition.
clime." C. J. Fox.
To defame the excellence with which it has no sympathy . . . is its congenial work.
Congeniality noun The state or quality of being congenial; natural affinity; adaptation; suitableness. Sir J. Reynolds.
If congeniality of tastes could have made a marriage happy, that union should have been thrice blessed.