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disconcert

[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.
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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

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Synonym study

1. See confuse.

Antonyms

1. calm. 2. arrange.
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Historical Examples

  • He could not but look at her with disconcertment, as she sat breathing bitterness and scorn, and staring leagues away.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Househunting, under these circumstances, becomes an office of constant surprise and disconcertment to the stranger.

    Venetian Life

    William Dean Howells

  • They waited, heavy-breathed, while Harrigan began to recover from the disconcertment into which O'Mara's coming had flung him.


British Dictionary definitions for disconcertment

disconcert

verb (tr)
  1. to disturb the composure of
  2. to frustrate or upset
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Derived Formsdisconcertion or disconcertment, noun
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Word Origin and History for disconcertment

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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