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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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  • Now Jacqueline, for her purposes, had thought to disconcert the man unused to courts.

    The Missourian Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • Still this did not disconcert Rose, but rather made her laugh the more.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • Once, you know, you dropped me; but nothing seemed to disconcert that young man.

    The Gold Trail Harold Bindloss
  • Even the old Mexican shooting-suit seemed in no way to disconcert him.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • Her brother-in-law's sudden appearance did not disconcert her.

  • This exclamation appeared to disconcert Yoga Rama a good deal.

    Telepathy W. W. Baggally
  • The other conjecture may possibly have sufficient truth in it to disconcert collectors of examples of local crafts.

    Chats on Old Clocks Arthur Hayden
  • I say disconcerting because it emphatically did disconcert Henry.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • Julien's arrival seemed very much to disconcert the two friends who did not say another word.

  • His words, for the moment, seemed to disconcert the two men.

    The Ivory Snuff Box Arnold Fredericks
British Dictionary definitions for disconcert

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 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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