Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Absence of composure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being discomposed.
  • n. Discordance; disagreement of parts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being discomposed; disturbance; disorder; agitation; perturbation.
  • n. Discordance; disagreement of parts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being discomposed; disorder; agitation; disturbance; perturbation: as, discomposure of mind.
  • n. Inconsistency; incongruity; disagreement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a temperament that is perturbed and lacking in composure
  • n. anxious embarrassment

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Examples

  • Her discomposure was a clear pain to herself; she had had a shock of extreme violence, and Nick saw that as Miriam showed no symptom of offering to give up her sitting her stay would be of the briefest.

    The Tragic Muse

  • Walton, imagining that his discomposure was the consequence of guilty fear, called upon him to remember the duties which he owed to England, the benefits which he had received from himself, and the probable consequence of taking part in a pert boy's insolent defiance of the power of the governor of the province.

    Waverley Novels — Volume 12

  • Walton, imagining that his discomposure was the consequence of guilty fear, called upon him to remember the duties which he owed to England, the benefits which he had received from himself, and the probable consequence of taking part in a pert boy’s insolent defiance of the power of the governor of the province.

    Castle Dangerous

  • Rachel, who in moments of the discomposure George referred to, tended to revert to thinking in the Spanish of her childhood, murmured,

    Dearly Beloved

  • Her attention was distracted just then by the appearance of a small child in the doorway, and she pulled away from her brother without noticing his discomposure.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • Heledd, without haste or discomposure, gave them a slight, curt inclination of her head to share between them, and turned and walked away.

    His Disposition

  • I trust, this time around, that I have a decent chance of regaining my normal acuity (and natural discomposure) when the progesterone drops off.

    Write Where You Are : Rachel Zucker : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • They found that those without had thrown fagots enough upon the fire to serve the purpose of light and heat at the same time, and, wrapping themselves in their cloaks, had sat down on the floor, in postures which variously expressed the discomposure and dejection of their minds.

    Quentin Durward

  • This must have been owing to her recollection of the audacious stranger in the neighbouring turret at the Fleur de Lys; but did that discomposure express displeasure?

    Quentin Durward

  • Your lordship has now heard the cause of my discomposure, and of my sudden desire to leave your hospitable castle.

    The Tapestried Chamber

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  • This often happens to Artie when Jim gets hurt.

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