disconcert

[dis-kuhn-surt]
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:
1680–90; < obsolete French disconcerter. See dis-1, concert

disconcerted, adjective
disconcertion, disconcertment, noun


1. discompose, perplex, bewilder, abash, discomfit. See confuse.


1. calm. 2. arrange.
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disconcert (ˌdɪskənˈsɜːt)
 
vb
1.  to disturb the composure of
2.  to frustrate or upset
 
discon'certion
 
n
 
discon'certment
 
n

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disconcert
1680s, from M.Fr. disconcerter "confused," from dis- "do the opposite of" + concerter (see concert). Related: Disconcerted; disconcerting; disconcertingly.
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Example sentences
The feedback loops spoken of in this article really disconcert me.
He no longer seemed able to disconcert or anger her.
They've cleverly changed their name to disconcert us here.
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