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.

Origin of discompose

First recorded in 1475–85; dis-1 + compose
Related formsdis·com·pos·ed·ly, adverbdis·com·pos·ing·ly, adverbun·dis·com·posed, adjective

Synonyms for discompose

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Historical Examples of discompose

  • All of which might have intimidated the gentle Phoebe, but did not discompose her father.

  • The temptation to discompose Miss Peggy was too strong to be resisted.

    About Peggy Saville

    Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey

  • The incident did not seem to discompose the Chinese, who disposed of the next prisoner.

    Blue Jackets

    George Manville Fenn

  • I have been ill,' said she, 'and am still so weak that any trifle can discompose me.'


    Mary Brunton

  • Of course the failure did not discompose me, nor shake my belief.

    There is no Death

    Florence Marryatt

British Dictionary definitions for discompose


verb (tr)

to disturb the composure of; disconcert
rare to disarrange
Derived Formsdiscomposedly, adverbdiscomposingly, adverbdiscomposure, noun
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