Yeni (钟雪利)
What is the difference between "confuse" and "baffle"?
Aug 14, 2018 4:18 AM
Answers · 7
When you are confused, the answer could be A, B, C even D. But when you are baffled, the answer is neither A, B, C or even D. They are very close in meaning, though. Here are some examples: 1. "I'm confused. I thought we were meeting at 8:00 p.m. and not 9:00 p.m." (there was mention of a meeting at some specified time but it's unclear) 2. "I'm baffled. Where did you get the idea that we were going to meet at 8:00 p.m.?" (there was no mention of any such meeting) Hope that helps.
August 14, 2018
"Baffling" is a lot stronger; it means confusing to the maximum degree.
August 14, 2018
To add, it’s really about scale. To be “confused" about something is relatively minor, and it’s generally something you can work out with a little effort. To be “baffled" is a profound sense of confusion. It’s also often said when someone you know does something very out of the ordinary - you say that it’s baffling to indicate how unusual the situation is.
August 14, 2018
baffled = very confused
August 14, 2018
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