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discompose

[dis-kuh m-pohz]
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verb (used with object), dis·com·posed, dis·com·pos·ing.
  1. to upset the order of; disarrange; disorder; unsettle: The breeze discomposed the bouquet.
  2. to disturb the composure of; agitate; perturb: The bad news discomposed us.

Origin of discompose

First recorded in 1475–85; dis-1 + compose
Related formsdis·com·pos·ed·ly, adverbdis·com·pos·ing·ly, adverbun·dis·com·posed, adjective

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2. discomfit, disconcert.
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Examples from the Web for discompose

Historical Examples

  • All of which might have intimidated the gentle Phoebe, but did not discompose her father.

    Susy, A Story of the Plains

    Bret Harte

  • The temptation to discompose Miss Peggy was too strong to be resisted.

    About Peggy Saville

    Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey

  • The incident did not seem to discompose the Chinese, who disposed of the next prisoner.

    Blue Jackets

    George Manville Fenn

  • I have been ill,' said she, 'and am still so weak that any trifle can discompose me.'

    Self-control

    Mary Brunton

  • Of course the failure did not discompose me, nor shake my belief.

    There is no Death

    Florence Marryatt


British Dictionary definitions for discompose

discompose

verb (tr)
  1. to disturb the composure of; disconcert
  2. rare to disarrange
Derived Formsdiscomposedly, adverbdiscomposingly, adverbdiscomposure, noun
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