Definition of discompose in US English:



[with object]often as adjective discomposed
  • Disturb or agitate (someone)

    ‘she looked a little discomposed as she spoke’
    • ‘No, not discomposed or irritated, not even a touch peeved…’
    • ‘The whites, of course greatly discomposed, had besides a curious look of being painfully shocked by such an outrageous row.’
    • ‘He is too shrewd to be discomposed by such conversation.’
    • ‘Always there is the need to retain her poise and never appear to be put out or discomposed.’
    • ‘The ballet on the one hand discomposes the viewer.’
    • ‘‘I dare say that you are becoming rather desperate,’ she retorted calmly, pleased with his discomposed composure, for she felt more like the lady now, and he the savage.’
    • ‘Even in his discomposed state of mind, Derick was able to compare what the valley people were doing compared to what the people on the mountain had been doing.’
    • ‘‘I am not discomposed,’ he said of his review, ‘I will argue through some of the points with him, but I'll need to read it through again before we do that.’’
    • ‘For the second time that day I saw him discomposed.’
    • ‘I suddenly felt myself somewhat discomposed; my heart beat rapidly and I had a choking feeling in my throat.’
    • ‘I had been discomposed enough before; but I was so much the more discomposed by this unexpected behavior, that I was on the point of slinking off, to think how I had best proceed.’
    • ‘He sighed, slightly relieved to have escaped their self-righteous wrath, but also a bit discomposed.’
    • ‘I found him this morning somewhat discomposed. His wife and her mother and sister were to arrive yesterday by the morning train.’
    • ‘Penelope supposed that she shouldn't have poured the tea on her like a child and instead said something cool and witty to discompose Evelyn.’
    • ‘Isis eyed her, not used to seeing Raine so discomposed.’
    annoy, irritate, infuriate, anger, incense, inflame, enrage, irk, chagrin, exasperate, madden, pique, provoke, nettle, disturb, upset, perturb, put out
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