dis·​con·​cert | \ˌdis-kən-ˈsərt \

Definition of disconcert 

transitive verb

1 : to throw into confusion disconcerting their plans

2 : to disturb the composure of were disconcerted by his tone of voice

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Other Words from disconcert

disconcerting adjective
disconcertingly \-​tiŋ-​lē \ adverb
disconcertment \-​mənt \ noun

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embarrass, discomfit, abash, disconcert, rattle mean to distress by confusing or confounding. embarrass implies some influence that impedes thought, speech, or action. The question embarrassed her so much she couldn't answer 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

Examples of disconcert in a Sentence

News of his criminal past has disconcerted even his admirers. we were disconcerted by the unexpected changes to the program

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Still, giving a single company power over your domain registration, certificates, authoritative DNS services, DNS lookups, and CDN delivery might just be a tad disconcerting to some. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Cloudflare gets into registrar business with wholesale domains and free privacy," 28 Sep. 2018 With each turn of the watercolor-dappled page comes a new and slightly larger dinosaur to disconcert the one before. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Into the Wild With a Dog Named Bo," 26 July 2018 Being older on the road is equal parts disconcerting, humbling and enlightening. New York Times, "The Frugal Five," 27 June 2018 If the seeming discomfort of the senior officials in this clip is any indication, Trump's departure from long-standing diplomatic norms is disconcerting not just to those who oppose him but also to those who work for him. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "Pursed lips and glances to the floor: Watch Trump aides react to his attacks on Germany," 11 July 2018 Others might find the arrival of chain stores disconcerting, but Mount Vernon residents took it as a sign that retailers thought the neighborhood had potential. Miranda S. Spivack, New York Times, "A Baltimore Neighborhood Is Revitalized, With Help From Its Residents," 15 May 2018 At first surprised and then disconcerted by Teddy’s behavior, Dolores seems ill-prepared for the results of her personality change experiment. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 9: The Many Lives of the Man in Black," 18 June 2018 The piece opens with the solo violin calmly ascendant against muted strings, the ambience quickly punctured by disconcerting whispers from the flutes. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "New-Music Premieres in Detroit," 31 May 2018 The shifts from football game high jinks or a character’s apple-bong-toking abuelita to the question of whether to shoot another teenager in the head are disconcerting, to say the least. Mike Hale, New York Times, "On Netflix, a Growing Wave of Shows for and About Teenagers," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of disconcert

1687, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for disconcert

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

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English Language Learners Definition of disconcert

: to make (someone) upset or embarrassed


dis·​con·​cert | \ˌdis-kən-ˈsərt \
disconcerted; disconcerting

Kids Definition of disconcert

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

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