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disconcert

[dis-kuh n-surt] /ˌdɪs kənˈsɜrt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to disturb the self-possession of; perturb; ruffle:
Her angry reply disconcerted me completely.
2.
to throw into disorder or confusion; disarrange:
He changed his mind and disconcerted everybody's plans.
Origin of disconcert
obsolete French
1680-1690
1680-90; < obsolete French disconcerter. See dis-1, concert
Related forms
disconcerted, adjective
disconcertion, disconcertment, noun
Synonyms
1. discompose, perplex, bewilder, abash, discomfit. See confuse.
Antonyms
1. calm. 2. arrange.
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  • There was no disconcertion exhibited by the one thus challenged.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • He showed no disconcertion whatever when so suddenly attacked.

    Shadow, the Mysterious Detective Police Captain Howard
  • Remembering the trace of disconcertion he had shown, she very much wished to know where Brooke had really been.

    A Damaged Reputation Harold Bindloss
  • Fortune, as she silently followed, experienced a sense of disconcertion rather than of elation.

    The Carpet from Bagdad Harold MacGrath
  • He did not quite like being called a baby, and frowned; but was at once touched by the disconcertion in her powdered face.

    Tatterdemalion John Galsworthy
  • She understood perfectly the hesitancy, but laughed without a trace of disconcertion.

    In the Name of Liberty Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for disconcertion

disconcert

/ˌdɪskənˈsɜːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to disturb the composure of
2.
to frustrate or upset
Derived Forms
disconcertion, disconcertment, noun
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Word Origin and History for disconcertion

disconcert

v.

1680s, from Middle French disconcerter (Modern French déconcerter) "confused," from dis- "do the opposite of" (see dis-) + concerter (see concert). Related: Disconcerted; disconcerting; disconcertingly.

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