disconcert

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verb dis·con·cert \ˌdis-kən-ˈsərt\

Definition of disconcert

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to throw into confusion disconcerting their plans

  3. 2 :  to disturb the composure of were disconcerted by his tone of voice

disconcerting

adjective

disconcertingly

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disconcertment

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Examples of disconcert in a Sentence

  1. News of his criminal past has disconcerted even his admirers.

  2. we were disconcerted by the unexpected changes to the program

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Origin and Etymology of disconcert

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

DISCONCERT Defined for English Language Learners

disconcert

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verb

Definition of disconcert for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) upset or embarrassed


DISCONCERT Defined for Kids

disconcert

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verb dis·con·cert \ˌdis-kən-ˈsərt\

Definition of disconcert for Students

disconcerted

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disconcerting

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



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