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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of discompose.
  • adj. uneasy or disturbed

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Disordered; disturbed; disquieted.

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

  • adj. having your composure disturbed


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  • I am not disposed to be nervous, for I have always conscientiously avoided tea and too much study, and I have lived in the open air, and always managed to secure eight hours of dreamless, honest sleep; but I was "discomposed," as some one charitably explained it that morning; and Mrs. Darcy's cap was the cause.

    My New Curate

  • Because a "good intellectual" is never discomposed, never involved in social passions, never lets himself drift into the street.

    Yoani Sanchez: The Good Intellectual

  • The tale of the supernatural is traditionally an art of slowly built crescendo: we know that eventual horrors begin with small intimations? that witnesses will at first be only mildly discomposed.

    The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

  • He had somewhat discomposed even the bishop of Winchester, but the hesitation was only a moment long and the impressive voice rose with authority, calling them peremptorily to prayer, and to the consideration of the grave matters for which they were gathered together.

    A River So Long

  • And so did Cadfael, as soon as he was sure there was none to be discomposed by his going.

    A Caregiver's Homage To The Very Old

  • The body politic languished in a discomposed mood, scrutinizing her every fidget to see if she would continue her quest for glory or tack back to safe harbor.

    Brad Parker: Captain Hillary Sails 'Round Good Hope At Last

  • “And in what, my son, can so frail a creature as I am, be of service to you?” said the old man, not a little surprised at being thus accosted by so handsome a youth, his features discomposed by anxiety, his face flushed with exertion, his hands and much of his dress stained with blood.

    The Monastery

  • He was "umbrageous," ready to be discomposed by the action of others, but, if not vexed or startled, he was elaborately courteous.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • And now, after all the Tranquillity in which I thought my self, the sight of this Slut discomposed me.

    The Lining of the Patch-Work Screen

  • He took the scroll with a trembling hand, and read with a discomposed voice its closing words.

    Castle Dangerous


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  • Her spirits were somewhat discomposed. Cold Comfort Farm.

    February 19, 2013

  • Well, I guess it's better than having one's illustrious visitor be decomposed, a situation where over-emphatic glove-doffing could have gruesome sequelae indeed. Trust me on this one.

    E. Scrooge.

    December 24, 2008

  • The illustrious visitor seemed discomposed. She rose from her chair a little too quickly, and pulled off her glove a little too emphatically. - ''Yashima, or, The Gorgeous West'' by R T Sherwood, 1931.

    December 24, 2008