Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

disconcerting

[dis-kuh n-sur-ting] /ˌdɪs kənˈsɜr tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
disturbing to one's composure or self-possession; upsetting, discomfiting.
2.
confusing, usually in the face of something totally unexpected; perplexing.
Related forms
disconcertingly, adverb
disconcertingness, noun

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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for disconcerting
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • "I advise you to do so, monsieur," was the disconcerting reply.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Really, Aline, you have a trick of asking the most disconcerting and improper questions.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • The fact that Luga was with the rebels gave rise to disconcerting gossip.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • Esther did not seem to him a disturbing force, only a disconcerting one.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • This was disconcerting, but she could not drive out the feeling.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for disconcerting

disconcerting

/ˌdɪskənˈsɜːtɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing a feeling of disturbance, embarrassment, or confusion; perturbing; worrying
Derived Forms
disconcertingly, adverb

disconcert

/ˌdɪskənˈsɜːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to disturb the composure of
2.
to frustrate or upset
Derived Forms
disconcertion, disconcertment, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for disconcerting

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for disconcerting

19
24
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for disconcerting