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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
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 disconcerting
  • The two-facedness of this is extremely disconcerting.
  • Still, more disconcerting than the occasional nocturnal stroll is the potential peril caused by sleepwalking.
  • This was a little disconcerting.
  • It's always a bit disconcerting being in his company.
  • That has been an exhilarating, messy and sometimes disconcerting process.
  • One thing that's both disconcerting and exhilarating about physics is how many seemingly simple questions remain unanswered.
  • Candidates displayed a number of disconcerting opinions on current economic topics.
  • It is a skillful, often lively performance, but one that leaves a disconcerting aftertaste.
  • The thought of all of this energy going into developing artificial brains is very disconcerting.
  • Some disconcerting trends also stand out.
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
1680s, from M.Fr. disconcerter "confused," from dis- "do the opposite of" + concerter (see concert). Related: Disconcerted; disconcerting; disconcertingly.
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