discompose

[ dis-kuhm-pohz ]
/ ˌdɪs kəmˈpoʊz /

verb (used with object), dis·com·posed, dis·com·pos·ing.

to upset the order of; disarrange; disorder; unsettle: The breeze discomposed the bouquet.
to disturb the composure of; agitate; perturb: The bad news discomposed us.

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Origin of discompose

First recorded in 1475–85; dis-1 + compose

OTHER WORDS FROM discompose

dis·com·pos·ed·ly, adverbdis·com·pos·ing·ly, adverbun·dis·com·posed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for discompose

discompose
/ (ˌdɪskəmˈpəʊz) /

verb (tr)

to disturb the composure of; disconcert
rare to disarrange

Derived forms of discompose

discomposedly, adverbdiscomposingly, adverbdiscomposure, noun
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