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disconcerted

[dis-kuh n-sur-tid] /ˌdɪs kənˈsɜr tɪd/
adjective
1.
disturbed, as in one's composure or self-possession; perturbed; ruffled:
She was disconcerted by the sudden attack on her integrity.
2.
bewildered or confused, as by something unexpected:
The class was disconcerted by the instructor's confusion.
Related forms
undisconcerted, adjective

disconcert

[dis-kuh n-surt] /ˌdɪs kənˈsɜrt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to disturb the self-possession of; perturb; ruffle:
Her angry reply disconcerted me completely.
2.
to throw into disorder or confusion; disarrange:
He changed his mind and disconcerted everybody's plans.
Origin of disconcert
obsolete French
1680-1690
From the obsolete French word disconcerter, dating back to 1680-90. See dis-1, concert
Related forms
disconcerted, adjective
disconcertion, disconcertment, noun
Synonyms
1. discompose, perplex, bewilder, abash, discomfit.
Antonyms
1. calm. 2. arrange.
Synonym Study
1. See confuse.
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  • The young man was so disconcerted that he could find nothing to say.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • It was the woman in her features, I dare say, which disconcerted me.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • He turned round, not at all disconcerted by the interruption.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "I tell you I must have time," repeated Beaufort, disconcerted.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The baron was amazed, and the bridemaidens were disconcerted.

    Maid Marian Thomas Love Peacock
  • They received the new-comer with a hilariousness that disconcerted him.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • disconcerted, Aduan sat up and begged the boy to advise him.

  • The newcomer leaned back in his chair with a disconcerted look.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • disconcerted by the attack of tear-gas, the green men broke and fled.

    The Heads of Apex Francis Flagg
British Dictionary definitions for disconcerted

disconcerted

/ˌdɪskənˈsɜːtɪd/
adjective
1.
perturbed, embarrassed, or confused
Derived Forms
disconcertedly, adverb
disconcertedness, noun

disconcert

/ˌdɪskənˈsɜːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to disturb the composure of
2.
to frustrate or upset
Derived Forms
disconcertion, disconcertment, noun
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Word Origin and History for disconcerted

disconcert

v.

1680s, from Middle French disconcerter (Modern French déconcerter) "confused," from dis- "do the opposite of" (see dis-) + concerter (see concert). Related: Disconcerted; disconcerting; disconcertingly.

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