dis·​con·​cert ˌdis-kən-ˈsərt How to pronounce disconcert (audio)
disconcerted; disconcerting; disconcerts

transitive verb

: to throw into confusion
disconcerting their plans
: to disturb the composure of
were disconcerted by his tone of voice
disconcerting adjective
disconcertingly adverb
disconcertment noun
Choose the Right Synonym for disconcert

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
Recent Examples on the Web Brownlee's video pointed out disconcerting software issues, including an excessively slow response by the central display, irregular warning lights, and key fob issues. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 18 June 2024 The concern is not misplaced, and the similarities between the two cases are disconcerting. Philip H. Gordon, Foreign Affairs, 1 Aug. 2017 And a source close to the situation said Redstone was disconcerted by a June 3 CNBC report that suggested a final Paramount-Skydance agreement was imminent. Todd Spangler, Variety, 19 June 2024 That disconcerting closeness of the cosmic and carnal was par for the course for Combs, an altar boy turned entrepreneur whose career is a monument to these and other striking dualities. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 17 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for disconcert 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of disconcert was in 1632

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“Disconcert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disconcert. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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dis·​con·​cert ˌdis-kən-ˈsərt How to pronounce disconcert (audio)
: to disturb the arrangement of : upset
the unexpected event disconcerted their plans
: to disturb the self-control of
your frank stare disconcerted me
disconcertingly adverb

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