transitive verb Etymology: Middle English Date: 15th century 1. to destroy the composure of 2. to disturb the order of • discomposure noun Synonyms: discompose, disquiet, disturb, perturb, agitate, upset, fluster mean to destroy capacity for collected thought or decisive action. discompose implies some degree of loss of self-control or self-confidence especially through emotional stress <
discomposed by the loss of his beloved wife
. disquiet suggests loss of sense of security or peace of mind <
the disquieting news of factories closing
. disturb implies interference with one's mental processes caused by worry, perplexity, or interruption <
the discrepancy in accounts disturbed me
. perturb implies deep disturbance of mind and emotions <
perturbed by her husband's strange behavior
. agitate suggests obvious external signs of nervous or emotional excitement <
in his agitated state we could see he was unable to work
. upset implies the disturbance of normal or habitual functioning by disappointment, distress, or grief <
the family's constant bickering upsets the youngest child
. fluster suggests bewildered agitation <
his declaration of love completely flustered her

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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