disconcert

[dis-kuhn-surt]

verb (used with object)

to disturb the self-possession of; perturb; ruffle: Her angry reply disconcerted me completely.
to throw into disorder or confusion; disarrange: He changed his mind and disconcerted everybody's plans.

Nearby words

  1. discommon,
  2. discompose,
  3. discomposure,
  4. discomycete,
  5. discomycota,
  6. disconcerted,
  7. disconcerting,
  8. disconfirm,
  9. disconformable,
  10. disconformity

Origin of disconcert

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

Related formsdis·con·cert·ed, adjectivedis·con·cer·tion, dis·con·cert·ment, noun

Synonym study

1. See confuse.

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British Dictionary definitions for disconcert

disconcert

verb (tr)

to disturb the composure of
to frustrate or upset
Derived Formsdisconcertion or disconcertment, noun

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Word Origin and History for disconcert

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.

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