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disconcerted

[dis-kuh n-sur-tid]
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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.
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Related formsun·dis·con·cert·ed, adjective

disconcert

[dis-kuh n-surt]
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.
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Origin of disconcert

From the obsolete French word disconcerter, dating back to 1680–90. See dis-1, concert
Related formsdis·con·cert·ed, adjectivedis·con·cer·tion, dis·con·cert·ment, noun

Synonyms

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1. discompose, perplex, bewilder, abash, discomfit.

Synonym study

1. See confuse.

Antonyms

1. calm. 2. arrange.
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Examples from the Web for disconcerted

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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


British Dictionary definitions for disconcerted

disconcerted

adjective
  1. perturbed, embarrassed, or confused
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Derived Formsdisconcertedly, adverbdisconcertedness, noun

disconcert

verb (tr)
  1. to disturb the composure of
  2. to frustrate or upset
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Derived Formsdisconcertion or 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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