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 disconcertingly (audio) \ adverb
disconcertment \ ˌdis-​kən-​ˈsərt-​mənt How to pronounce disconcertment (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 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 Ronell, who has a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering, was also disconcerted by many FAA engineers’ inexperience in vetting flight-control software. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, "“I Will Never Let Boeing Forget Her”," 11 Nov. 2019 Comic and disconcerting, these pieces leavened surrealist techniques with a critical woman’s perspective. New York Times, "The Week in Arts: Sleater-Kinney, Paul Taylor and ‘Synonyms’," 25 Oct. 2019 For some Canadians though, losing an important public company is disconcerting, a sentiment that Coloradans can relate to. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Encana’s move to Denver generating backlash in Canada," 21 Nov. 2019 The results of this return odyssey are disconcerting. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sing Me a Song': Film Review," 8 Nov. 2019 At the same time, SpaceX doesn’t behave like a standard aerospace contractor, which is disconcerting to some at NASA, said Lori Garver, who served as the agency’s deputy administrator from 2009 to 2013. Samantha Masunagastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "SpaceX needs to put people into space. NASA’s deadline is looming," 11 Oct. 2019 That, in the 2019 version of the NFL, is disconcerting. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Mitch Trubisky’s first 2 games were ______ . Our writers fill in the blanks on 4 topics before the Bears face the Redskins in Week 3.," 21 Sep. 2019 There’s something disconcerting about watching a performer and literally seeing through them, the violinists busily at work behind her. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Opera reviews: Maria Callas as hologram; Lyric Opera stars at Millennium Park," 8 Sep. 2019

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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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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 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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