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

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The president's insistence that mental illness is the cause of mass shootings has disconcerted mental health professionals who insist that most people with mental illness are nonviolent. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Trump wants to bring back mental institutions to address mass shootings," 16 Aug. 2019 Upon docking Reed is disconcerted to find Van der Berg waiting for him by the pier. Christopher Byrd, Washington Post, "‘The Sinking City’ sets a mood but struggles to go anywhere from there," 28 June 2019 But in a Democratic stronghold like Waukegan, which also has a history of low voter turnout, the attacks were disconcerting to May and signaled a sharper tone in the election. Jason Grotto, ProPublica, "From Truck Stops to Elections, a River of Gambling Money Is Flooding Waukegan," 8 Aug. 2019 Some disconcerted nonprofit leaders showed up at the council meeting to request that their funding not be cut due to a political battle. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "City Council passes law to guard Seattle soda-tax revenue after spat with Mayor Jenny Durkan," 22 July 2019 There is something deeply disconcerting about an infrastructure failure. Larry Edelman, BostonGlobe.com, "I’m mad as hell, but I won’t ditch the T," 11 July 2019 That the employee in question who was able to get this data easily, violating user privacy and Google’s apparent safeguards, is disconcerting. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Google defends letting human workers listen to Assistant voice conversations," 11 July 2019 The disorientation is intentional—a bid to disconcert an audience in a place preoccupied with defining its own frontiers. The Economist, "On the borders of art in Israel," 28 June 2019 This must have been disconcerting for drivers in the route’s early, wartime years, when Japantown ceased to be Japantown after the government rounded up its Japanese American residents and sent them off to prison camps. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco scenic treasure that locals overlook," 28 June 2019

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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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The first known use of disconcert was in 1687

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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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