Definition of disconcert in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdiskənˈsərt/


[with object]
Disturb the composure of; unsettle: the abrupt change of subject disconcerted her (as adjective disconcerted) she was amused to see a disconcerted expression on his face
More example sentences
  • Evelyn was momentarily disconcerted by his response, until she saw his eyes focussing on her neck.
  • Suddenly they stop, disconcerted by the noise of disturbed leaves.
  • Except the one night before my marriage, I'd never stayed in a hotel, and I was disconcerted when Pete leapt out of bed at 7am to get to his ship by eight.
unsettle, discomfit, throw/catch off balance, take aback, rattle, unnerve, disorient, perturb, disturb, perplex, confuse, bewilder, baffle, fluster, ruffle, shake, upset, agitate, worry, dismay, surprise, take by surprise, startle, put someone off (their game), distract
informal throw, faze, discombobulate



Example sentences
  • Gavin and the others have to crouch pretty low to make it through the main doors, and Gavin is disconcertedly reminded of his similar entrance into another hall nearly 6 months ago.
  • One is left here to puzzle disconcertedly throughout this entire section over the simple but unanswered question, what is ‘it’?
  • Samantha blinks disconcertedly at the sound of Amanda's amused voice.


Pronunciation: /-ˈsərSHən/
Example sentences
  • Sammi wrinkles her forehead in disconcertion.
  • Brian approached, and to Aaron's disconcertion, his servant's face was gray with the pallor of death.
  • The night around her was still, and might have seemed peaceful, but for her vague feelings of disconcertion.


( rare)


Late 17th century (in the sense 'upset the progress of'): from obsolete French desconcerter, from des- (expressing reversal) + concerter 'bring together'.

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Syllabification: dis·con·cert

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