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disconcert

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verb dis·con·cert \ˌdis-kən-ˈsərt\

Simple Definition of disconcert

  • : to make (someone) upset or embarrassed

Full Definition of disconcert

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to throw into confusion

  3. 2 :  to disturb the composure of

dis·con·cert·ing adjective
dis·con·cert·ing·ly play \-tiŋ-lē\ adverb
dis·con·cert·ment play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of disconcert

  1. News of his criminal past has disconcerted even his admirers.

  2. <we were disconcerted by the unexpected changes to the program>



Origin of disconcert

obsolete French disconcerter, alteration of Middle French desconcerter, from des- dis- + concerter to concert


First Known Use: 1687

Synonym Discussion of disconcert

embarrass, discomfit, abash, disconcert, rattle mean to distress by confusing or confounding. embarrass implies some influence that impedes thought, speech, or action <embarrassed to admit that she liked the movie>. discomfit implies a hampering or frustrating accompanied by confusion <hecklers discomfited the speaker>. abash presupposes some initial self-confidence that receives a sudden check, producing shyness, shame, or a feeling of inferiority <abashed by her swift and cutting retort>. disconcert implies an upsetting of equanimity or assurance producing uncertainty or hesitancy <disconcerted by finding so many in attendance>. rattle implies an agitation that impairs thought and judgment <rattled by all the television cameras>.


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