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discomposure

[dis-kuh m-poh-zher] /ˌdɪs kəmˈpoʊ ʒər/
noun
1.
the state of being discomposed; disorder; agitation; perturbation.
Origin of discomposure
1635-1645
First recorded in 1635-45; dis-1 + composure
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  • "I say, I must look into that," said Atherstone, with discomposure.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Kirsty's laughter blew Steenie's discomposure away, and he too laughed.

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • He could not have expected to meet her here; and his discomposure was obvious.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Though they walked in silence, Bob did not guess her discomposure.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • His face remained grave, but without the least trace of discomposure.

    The Reef Edith Wharton
  • Lady Blandish smiled, but the baronet's discomposure was not to be concealed.

  • He stood before her in the discomposure of her again thus appearing to fail him.

    The Two Magics Henry James
  • Britt demanded, and the query made for the young man's discomposure.

  • Quinlan underwent an hours ordeal without the shadow of discomposure.

    Short Sixes H. C. Bunner
  • To Shelleys disappointment and discomposure Godwin was away from home.

    The Real Shelley, Vol. II (of 2) John Cordy Jeaffreson

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