- disturbing to one's composure or self-possession; upsetting, discomfiting.
- confusing, usually in the face of something totally unexpected; perplexing.
- to disturb the self-possession of; perturb; ruffle: Her angry reply disconcerted me completely.
- to throw into disorder or confusion; disarrange: He changed his mind and disconcerted everybody's plans.
Origin of disconcert
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1. discompose, perplex, bewilder, abash, discomfit.
1. See confuse.
1. calm. 2. arrange.
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Examples from the Web for disconcerting
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"I advise you to do so, monsieur," was the disconcerting reply.
Really, Aline, you have a trick of asking the most disconcerting and improper questions.
The fact that Luga was with the rebels gave rise to disconcerting gossip.Melomaniacs
Esther did not seem to him a disturbing force, only a disconcerting one.The Prisoner
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- causing a feeling of disturbance, embarrassment, or confusion; perturbing; worrying
- to disturb the composure of
- to frustrate or upset
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Word Origin and History for disconcerting
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