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disconcerting

[dis-kuh n-sur-ting] /ˌdɪs kənˈsɜr tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
disturbing to one's composure or self-possession; upsetting, discomfiting.
2.
confusing, usually in the face of something totally unexpected; perplexing.
Related forms
disconcertingly, adverb
disconcertingness, noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for disconcerting

disconcerting

/ˌdɪskənˈsɜːtɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing a feeling of disturbance, embarrassment, or confusion; perturbing; worrying
Derived Forms
disconcertingly, adverb

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 disconcerting

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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