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disconcerted

[dis-kuh n-sur-tid] /ˌdɪs kənˈsɜr tɪd/
adjective
1.
disturbed, as in one's composure or self-possession; perturbed; ruffled:
She was disconcerted by the sudden attack on her integrity.
2.
bewildered or confused, as by something unexpected:
The class was disconcerted by the instructor's confusion.
Related forms
undisconcerted, adjective

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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  • The man looked not exactly embarrassed but disconcerted, surprised.

    The Pursuit Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
  • It was the woman in her features, I dare say, which disconcerted me.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • But young Ibsen was not a favorite even with the girls, whom he alarmed and disconcerted.

    Henrik Ibsen Edmund Gosse
  • The baron was amazed, and the bridemaidens were disconcerted.

    Maid Marian Thomas Love Peacock
  • They were the advance of a party of men who were about to come upon the settlement, but were disconcerted by this means.

  • disconcerted, Aduan sat up and begged the boy to advise him.

  • Yet he was disconcerted by the premonition that her interpretation of what he had done would not be his.

    Narcissus Evelyn Scott
  • The newcomer leaned back in his chair with a disconcerted look.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He was disconcerted, but the Turkey carpet assured him somewhat.

British Dictionary definitions for disconcerted

disconcerted

/ˌdɪskənˈsɜːtɪd/
adjective
1.
perturbed, embarrassed, or confused
Derived Forms
disconcertedly, adverb
disconcertedness, noun

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 disconcerted

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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