Definition of disconcert in English:

disconcert

Line breaks: dis|con¦cert
Pronunciation: /ˌdɪskənˈsəːt
 
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verb

[with object]
Disturb the composure of; unsettle: the abrupt change of subject disconcerted her (as adjective disconcerted) Keith looked momentarily disconcerted
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.
Synonyms
surprise, take by surprise, startle, stop someone in their tracks, put someone off (their stroke/stride), distract;
informal throw, faze, make someone scratch their head, discombobulate, rattle, set someone back on their heels, psych out
archaic cause to be at a stand, gravel

Origin

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

Derivatives

disconcertedly

adverb
More 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.

disconcertion

Pronunciation: /-ˈsəːʃ(ə)n/
noun
More 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.

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