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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
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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Examples for disconcerted
  • When the name was called the defendant was plainly disconcerted.
  • Possibly, he was disconcerted by his biographer, who seems never to have left him alone.
  • Frank has settled into a melancholy housebound rut and is disconcerted by her sudden appearance.
  • And only the slightest hint of a sort of theatrical menace, the menace that so disconcerted his opponents.
  • She was so disconcerted as it hovered over her that she could only look up at the pilot and smile.
  • If they become disconcerted they often become mean or unruly.
  • They were evidently disconcerted by the blowing of the horn.
  • He could not perform the simplest problems in subtraction or addition with out making mistakes, and was thoroughly disconcerted.
  • Evidently not expecting such a move the house breaker was somewhat disconcerted and made a break for the window.
  • It is somewhat disconcerted to hear that you have taken a different position now.
British Dictionary definitions for disconcerted

disconcert

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

disconcerted

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