disturbing to one's composure or self-possession; upsetting, discomfiting.
confusing, usually in the face of something totally unexpected; perplexing.
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- dis·con·cert·ing·ly, adverb
- dis·con·cert·ing·ness, noun
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How to use disconcerting in a sentence
All the while, West was making headlines for other disconcerting reasons, including a chaotic failed presidential campaign and manic-depressive Tweetstorms.Everything We Know About Kanye West's Donda Following Second Listening Event | Cady Lang | August 6, 2021 | Time
The idea is that you always get a good view of whoever is currently speaking, but the effect can be a bit disconcerting.Powerhouse tips to improve your favorite video call app | empire | June 25, 2021 | Popular-Science
I still find them very disconcerting when I see them out on the street.
However, analysts say, the pandemic’s most disconcerting legacy may be its imprint on consumer behavior, raising questions about the sector’s ability to win back customers and properly rebound even after life returns to normal.Mall department stores were struggling. The pandemic has pushed them to the edge of extinction. | Abha Bhattarai | April 16, 2021 | Washington Post
When an entire generation has never experienced such a thing, that can be disconcerting.Inflation is coming — and the fear of it could become self-fulfilling | Felix Salmon | April 16, 2021 | Axios
The transition is disconcerting since there are no other cuts of this sort in the picture.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The first time I got accused of being a “neo-Nazi” it was shocking and disconcerting.Rage Against GamerGate’s Hate Machine: What I Got For Speaking Up | Arthur Chu | November 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But some of the Kurds maintain a disconcerting confidence—one now strengthened by the U.S. airstrikes.U.S. Planes are Blowing the Hell out of ISIS at Kobani, But … | Jamie Dettmer | October 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Spending time with Bean is somewhat disconcerting after seeing him play so many somber, doomed roles.Life After Deaths: Sean Bean on 'Game of Thrones' Paternity and 'Legends' | Jason Lynch | August 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is nothing to be gained by harping on about events in 2002, however disconcerting those events were.
"To such a place as that I would go alone,—or with her," said the boy, his disconcerting gaze fixed on the other's face.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
He leaned on his stick, hat in hand, and the big blue eyes of the young man rested upon him with disconcerting gravity.A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson
He half expected one of those disconcerting thought answers from Dalgard.Star Born | Andre Norton
I know from experience how disconcerting it is to ride into the zone of fire, and walking must be much worse.The Relief of Mafeking | Filson Young
"Well, of course the aim is to protect girls," Mrs. Bassett replied, conscious of a disconcerting acidity in her aunt's remark.A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson
British Dictionary definitions for disconcerting
causing a feeling of disturbance, embarrassment, or confusion; perturbing; worrying
- disconcertingly, adverb
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