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

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 \ ˌdis-​kən-​ˈsər-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce disconcert (audio) \ adverb
disconcertment \ ˌdis-​kən-​ˈsərt-​mənt How to pronounce disconcert (audio) \ 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 Its ending is notoriously strange — disconcerting even — and the subject of considerable scholarly debate. Bonnie Kristian, TheWeek, "Coronavirus and the mystery of St. Mark's Easter story," 12 Apr. 2020 The reasons for these paper profits are disconcerting. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, "Rich Profits and Dark Messages From the Market (No, Not That Market)," 28 Feb. 2020 Parents have watched changes in their teens that have been disconcerting. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Isolated from peers, teens find new paths to community amid pandemic," 17 Apr. 2020 In Moscow, the lack of snow has been disconcerting. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, "In Moscow, people adjust to a winter without snow: 'It's like we're at a resort'," 28 Feb. 2020 Of course, there are odd moments, hard moments, disconcerting moments. Nell Frizzell, refinery29.com, "What It’s Really Like To Move Home As An Adult," 23 Feb. 2020 The line needs to play better and more physical, and its performance through five games has to be disconcerting for Nagy and offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Bears Q&A: Would the Bears consider replacing Kyle Long? What’s wrong with the running game? (Hint: A lot.)," 10 Oct. 2019 The silence of most of the bishops in the Catholic Church on this embarrassing but destructive mixture of progressivism, reflexive activism, and casual dismissal of the deepest wisdom of the Church is disconcerting. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Pope Francis, Wayward Shepherd," 6 Feb. 2020 To be eliminated before that round even began made watching the weekend’s games disconcerting, as if the Patriots were some sort of football ghost limb, still there in our minds and emotions but absent in all reality. Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, "What can the Patriots learn from the divisional round games?," 13 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of disconcert

1632, 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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“Disconcert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disconcert. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disconcert

somewhat formal : to make (someone) upset or embarrassed


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

Kids Definition of disconcert

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

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