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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Definitions for disconcert

  1. To disturb the composure of.
  2. To throw into disorder or confusion; as, "the emperor disconcerted the plans of his enemy."

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Citations for disconcert
In steering a small boat before a heavy gale, don't look back -- it may disconcert you. Frank Arthur Worsley, Shackleton's Boat Journey
I wander away, disconcerted by this sudden sense of having been cut short, frozen in mid-flow. Paul Golding, The Abomination
Origin of disconcert
obsolete French
1680-1690
Disconcert is derived from Old French desconcerter, from des-, "dis-" + concerter, from Old Italian concertare, "to act together, to agree."