• WordNet 3.6
    • v discompose cause to lose one's composure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Discompose To disarrange; to interfere with; to disturb; to disorder; to unsettle; to break up. "Or discomposed the headdress of a prude."
    • Discompose To put out of place or service; to discharge; to displace.
    • Discompose To throw into disorder; to ruffle; to destroy the composure or equanimity; to agitate. "Opposition . . . discomposeth the mind's serenity."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • discompose To bring into disorder; disturb; disarrange; unsettle.
    • discompose To disturb peace and quietness in; agitate; ruffle, as the temper or mind of.
    • discompose To displace; discard; discharge.
    • discompose Synonyms To derange, jumble, confuse.
    • discompose To disconcert, embarrass, fret, vex, nettle, irritate, annoy, worry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Discompose dis-kom-pōz′ to deprive of composure: to disarrange, to disorder: to disturb: to agitate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. dis-, + compose,: cf. OF. decomposer, F. décomposer,


In literature:

Their serenity discomposed him.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
She looked pale and discomposed.
"A Christmas Posy" by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
She would rather that Anne had betrayed herself by some rude speech, or at least by a discomposed manner.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
Poor Honora was seriously discomposed at having nothing to show there.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Bela was not at all discomposed.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
It was discomposing to find the key of the real door standing, ready for turning, in the lock.
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen
And she stood gazing at the master with a look so entreating as slightly to discompose him.
"The Orphans of Glen Elder" by Margaret Murray Robertson
While it was being read, Jack Wentworth, who was not easily discomposed, grew red and restless.
"The Perpetual Curate" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
The fare, who seems very little discomposed, speaks through the little trap to his Jehu.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
I knew my way about the yacht by that time, and was not discomposed by the situation.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson

In poetry:

No dangers fright his steady soul,
Nor discompose his rest;
Let the earth shake, or thunders roll,
'Tis sun-shine in his breast.
"The Philosopher" by Samuel Bowden
J--Downstairs and upstairs, every blessed minute,
There's each room with pianofortes in it.
How can I write with noises such as those?
And, being always discomposed, compose?
"Eclogue:Composed at Cannes, December 9th, 1867" by Edward Lear
The shiv'ring piano, foaming at the mouth,
Will wrench you by its ravings, discompose you.
"My darling," you will murmur. "No!" I'll shout.
"To music?!" Yet can two be ever closer
"The shiv'ring piano, foaming at the mouth" by Boris Pasternak

In science:

The separability allows us to discompose the total energy contribution of the closed system (AB ) as follows: ˆHAB ≃ ˆHA [aAB ] + ˆHB [aAB ] + ˆVAB .
Generalized Gibbs canonical ensemble: A possible physical scenario