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

  • transitive v. To upset the self-possession of; ruffle. See Synonyms at embarrass.
  • transitive v. To frustrate (plans, for example) by throwing into disorder; disarrange.

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  • v. To upset the composure of
  • v. To bring into confusion
  • v. To frustrate, make go wrong

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Want of concert; disagreement.
  • transitive v. To break up the harmonious progress of; to throw into disorder or confusion.
  • transitive v. To confuse the faculties of; to disturb the composure of; to discompose; to abash.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To throw into disorder or confusion; come in the way of; disarrange; obstruct.
  • To unsettle the mind of; discompose; disturb the self-possession of; confuse.
  • Synonyms To ruffle. See list under discompose.
  • n. Disunion; disagreement; disconcertment.

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

  • v. cause to lose one's composure
  • v. cause to feel embarrassment


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

Obsolete French disconcerter, from Old French desconcerter : des-, dis- + concerter, to bring into agreement (from Old Italian concertare; see concert).

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From French disconcerter, an alteration of Middle French desconcerter, itself from des- 'dis' (from Middle French dis-)+ concerter 'to bring into agreement, organize'


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