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Disturb the composure of; unsettle:‘the abrupt change of subject disconcerted her’‘Keith looked momentarily disconcerted’
unsettle, nonplus, discomfit, catch off balance, throw off balance, take aback, unnerve, disorient, perturb, disturb, perplex, confuse, bewilder, baffle, fluster, ruffle, shake, upset, agitate, worry, dismay, put out of countenance, discountenance, discomposesurprise, take by surprise, startle, stop someone in their tracks, put someone off, put someone off their stride, put someone off their stroke, distractembarrass, abashthrow, faze, make someone scratch their head, discombobulate, rattle, set someone back on their heels, psych outcause to be at a stand, gravelView synonyms
- ‘He nodded, somewhat disconcerted by his mother's sudden generosity, and jogged up the stairs.’
- ‘No level of incompetence or failure would either exasperate or disconcert him.’
- ‘Whatever was flashing through the visibly disconcerted president's mind, he could not come up with a direct answer.’
- ‘His tone seemed to genuinely disconcert some of the protesters.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Compulsive early music fanatics might be disconcerted by the variety of composition and performance styles.’
- ‘The young American bemoaned the wet and cold of the Pennines, disconcerted by their bleakness that inspired the Brontes more than a century before.’
- ‘Edie hesitated, and shook her head, being too disconcerted to say anything.’
- ‘If this were to be over within 50 years I think people would be disconcerted.’
- ‘Nevertheless they gave a good account of themselves for 40 minutes and disconcerted the visitors by their upbeat attitude.’
- ‘Finally they all swooshed to a halt and we clapped heartily, while feeling a bit disconcerted by the whole thing.’
- ‘People are disconcerted, even frightened by that kind of lack of personal control.’
- ‘In fact, they used the front door so infrequently that when they did, their mothers were disconcerted.’
- ‘I've been disconcerted at my inability to come to a conclusion of my own on any of this - a minor sorrow right now, I know.’
- ‘Slightly disconcerted by the lack of clues from the stranger as to what his ailments are, I look around.’
- ‘Aren't you worried some of your early fans might get disconcerted by this?’
- ‘Do not be disconcerted if your insurer appoints a loss adjuster.’
- ‘I've always been disconcerted as to why cities fall all over themselves trying to win the burden of the Olympics.’
- ‘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.’
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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