verb dis·con·cert \ˌdis-kən-ˈsərt\

: to make (someone) upset or embarrassed

Full Definition of DISCONCERT

transitive verb
:  to throw into confusion
:  to disturb the composure of
dis·con·cert·ing adjective
dis·con·cert·ing·ly \-tiŋ-lē\ adverb
dis·con·cert·ment \-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>


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>.
DISCONCERTING Defined for Kids


verb dis·con·cert \ˌdis-kən-ˈsərt\

Definition of DISCONCERT for Kids

:  to make confused and a little upset <The change in plans disconcerted him.>


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