transitive verb Etymology: obsolete French disconcerter, alteration of Middle French desconcerter, from des- dis- + concerter to concert Date: 1687 1. to throw into confusion 2. to disturb the composure of Synonyms: see embarrassdisconcerting adjectivedisconcertingly adverbdisconcertment noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Disconcert — Dis con*cert , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disconcerted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disconcerting}.] [Pref. dis + concert: cf. OF. desconcerter, F. d[ e]concerter.] 1. To break up the harmonious progress of; to throw into disorder or confusion; as, the emperor… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Disconcert — Dis con*cert , n. Want of concert; disagreement. Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disconcert — I verb abash, agitate, alarm, annoy, appall, astound, bedazzle, bedevil, cause discontent, chagrin, confound, confuse, discomfit, discomfort, discompose, discountenance, dismay, disquiet, disrupt, disturb, fluster, give cause for alarm,… …   Law dictionary

  • disconcert — 1680s, from M.Fr. disconcerter (Mod.Fr. déconcerter) confused, from dis do the opposite of (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + concerter (see CONCERT (Cf. concert)). Related: Disconcerted; disconcerting; disconcertingly …   Etymology dictionary

  • disconcert — rattle, faze, discomfit, *embarrass, abash Analogous words: bewilder, nonplus, perplex, *puzzle: *discompose, fluster, flurry, disturb, perturb …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • disconcert — [v] shake up; confuse abash, agitate, baffle, balk, bewilder, bug, confound, demoralize, disarrange, discombobulate, discomfit, discompose, discountenance, disturb, embarrass, faze, fluster, foul up, frustrate, get to, hinder, nonplus, perplex,… …   New thesaurus

  • disconcert — ► VERB ▪ disturb the composure of. DERIVATIVES disconcerted adjective disconcerting adjective. ORIGIN obsolete French desconcerter, from concerter bring together …   English terms dictionary

  • disconcert — [dis΄kən sʉrt′] vt. [OFr desconcerter: see DIS & CONCERT] 1. to frustrate (plans, etc.) 2. to upset the composure of; embarrass; confuse SYN. EMBARRASS disconcerting adj. disconcertingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • disconcert — UK [ˌdɪskənˈsɜː(r)t] / US [ˌdɪskənˈsɜrt] verb [transitive] Word forms disconcert : present tense I/you/we/they disconcert he/she/it disconcerts present participle disconcerting past tense disconcerted past participle disconcerted to make someone… …   English dictionary

  • disconcert — disconcerted, adj. disconcertingly, adv. disconcertingness, n. disconcertion, disconcertment, n. /dis keuhn serrt /, v.t. 1. to disturb the self possession of; perturb; ruffle: Her angry reply disconcerted me completely. 2. to throw into disorder …   Universalium

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