dis·​com·​pose | \ ˌdis-kəm-ˈpōz How to pronounce discompose (audio) \
discomposed; discomposing; discomposes

Definition of discompose

transitive verb

1 : to destroy the composure of
2 : to disturb the order of

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discomposure \ ˌdis-​kəm-​ˈpō-​zhər How to pronounce discomposure (audio) \ noun

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discompose, disquiet, disturb, perturb, agitate, upset, fluster mean to destroy capacity for collected thought or decisive action. discompose implies some degree of loss of self-control or self-confidence especially through emotional stress. discomposed by the loss of his beloved wife disquiet suggests loss of sense of security or peace of mind. the disquieting news of factories closing disturb implies interference with one's mental processes caused by worry, perplexity, or interruption. the discrepancy in accounts disturbed me perturb implies deep disturbance of mind and emotions. perturbed by her husband's strange behavior agitate suggests obvious external signs of nervous or emotional excitement. in his agitated state we could see he was unable to work upset implies the disturbance of normal or habitual functioning by disappointment, distress, or grief. the family's constant bickering upsets the youngest child fluster suggests bewildered agitation. his declaration of love completely flustered her

Examples of discompose in a Sentence

discomposed by the tone of the message left on his answering machine the wind ruffled her hair and discomposed her carefully arranged papers

First Known Use of discompose

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for discompose

Middle English

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“Discompose.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discomposing. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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