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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
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  • He compromised with the conscience that her memory kept so disconcertingly active.

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  • But what can I say when the primary address was so disconcertingly to the ear?

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  • The red monsters, in spite of their bulk, were disconcertingly swift.

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  • He had sherry-coloured eyes, disconcertingly inattentive at times.

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  • She fixed her eyes upon me so disconcertingly that mine fell.

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  • "He's a great friend of ours," she cut in disconcertingly when I paused for breath.

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  • His conversation in the Imperial circle was disconcertingly cold and poor.

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British Dictionary definitions for disconcertingly

disconcerting

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