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[dis-kuh m-pohz] /ˌdɪs kəmˈpoʊz/
verb (used with object), discomposed, discomposing.
to upset the order of; disarrange; disorder; unsettle:
The breeze discomposed the bouquet.
to disturb the composure of; agitate; perturb:
The bad news discomposed us.
Origin of discompose
First recorded in 1475-85; dis-1 + compose
Related forms
discomposedly, adverb
discomposingly, adverb
undiscomposed, adjective
2. discomfit, disconcert. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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.

  • 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
  • The vehemence with which I put this question seemed to discompose my attendant.

    The Devil's Elixir E. T. A. Hoffmann
  • Small changes in the household arrangements were likely to discompose him.

    The Preliminaries Cornelia A. P. Comer
  • The conduct of an husband can not discompose a Lady of sense.

    The Sylph, Volume I and II Georgiana Cavendish
  • He persevered, and did not allow these little trials to discompose or discourage him.

    Now or Never Oliver Optic
  • The sight of the crowd for a moment seemed to discompose him.

    The Mayor of Troy

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
British Dictionary definitions for discompose


verb (transitive)
to disturb the composure of; disconcert
(rare) to disarrange
Derived Forms
discomposedly, adverb
discomposingly, adverb
discomposure, noun
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