[ dis-kuhn-surt ]
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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

From the obsolete French word disconcerter, dating back to 1680–90. See dis-1, concert

synonym study For disconcert

1. See confuse.

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Other words from disconcert

  • dis·con·cert·ed, adjective
  • dis·con·cer·tion, dis·con·cert·ment, noun

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How to use disconcert in a sentence

  • He faced me very sharply, as though to disconcert me by the suddenness of his question.

    Paul Patoff | F. Marion Crawford
  • Gary then had the course altered to disconcert the aim of the corvette, which soon after ceased firing.

    Ralph Granger's Fortunes | William Perry Brown
  • He was never intimidated by the rougher element, and his eyes were of a kind that would disconcert nine men out of ten.

  • My retreat to Montmorency seemed to disconcert Madam d'Epinay; probably she did not expect it.

  • That this dark-haired lady was not at the Hôtel de l'Europe did not disconcert Verdayne very much.

    High Noon | Anonymous

British Dictionary definitions for disconcert


/ (ˌdɪskənˈsɜːt) /

  1. to disturb the composure of

  2. to frustrate or upset

Derived forms of disconcert

  • disconcertion or disconcertment, noun

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