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confused +‎ -ly


confusedly (comparative more confusedly, superlative most confusedly)

  1. In a confused manner.
    • c. 1591, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 1, Act I, Scene 1,[1]
      He wanted pikes to set before his archers;
      Instead whereof sharp stakes pluck'd out of hedges
      They pitched in the ground confusedly,
      To keep the horsemen off from breaking in.
    • 1648, Robert Herrick, “Delight in Disorder” in Hesperides,[2]
      A cuff neglectful, and thereby
      Ribbons to flow confusedly:
    • 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 2, lines 911-14,[3]
      The womb of Nature, and perhaps her grave,
      Of neither sea, nor shore, nor air, nor fire,
      But all these in their pregnant causes mixed
      Confus’dly []
    • 1860, George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, Book VI, Chapter IX,[4]
      She heard confusedly the busy, indifferent voices around her, and wished her mind could flow into that easy babbling current.
    • 1919, W. B. Yeats, “Her Praise” in The Wild Swans at Coole, lines 5-9,[5]
      And though I have turned the talk by hook or crook
      Until her praise should be the uppermost theme,
      A woman spoke of some new tale she had read,
      A man confusedly in a half dream
      As though some other name ran in his head.