[dis-kuh n-sur-tid]


disturbed, as in one's composure or self-possession; perturbed; ruffled: She was disconcerted by the sudden attack on her integrity.
bewildered or confused, as by something unexpected: The class was disconcerted by the instructor's confusion.

Related formsun·dis·con·cert·ed, adjective



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.

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

Synonyms for disconcert

Synonym study

1. See confuse.

Antonyms for disconcert

1. calm. 2. arrange.
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Examples from the Web for disconcerted

Contemporary Examples of disconcerted

Historical Examples of disconcerted

  • The young man was so disconcerted that he could find nothing to say.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • It was the woman in her features, I dare say, which disconcerted me.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • He turned round, not at all disconcerted by the interruption.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • "I tell you I must have time," repeated Beaufort, disconcerted.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The baron was amazed, and the bridemaidens were disconcerted.

    Maid Marian

    Thomas Love Peacock

British Dictionary definitions for disconcerted



perturbed, embarrassed, or confused
Derived Formsdisconcertedly, adverbdisconcertedness, noun


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 disconcerted



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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