disconcert

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v disconcert cause to lose one's composure
    • v disconcert cause to feel embarrassment "The constant attention of the young man confused her"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Disconcert To break up the harmonious progress of; to throw into disorder or confusion; as, the emperor disconcerted the plans of his enemy.
    • Disconcert To confuse the faculties of; to disturb the composure of; to discompose; to abash. "The embrace disconcerted the daughter-in-law somewhat, as the caresses of old gentlemen unshorn and perfumed with tobacco might well do."
    • n Disconcert Want of concert; disagreement.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disconcert To throw into disorder or confusion; come in the way of; disarrange; obstruct.
    • disconcert To unsettle the mind of; discompose; disturb the self-possession of; confuse.
    • disconcert Synonyms To ruffle. See list under discompose.
    • n disconcert Disunion; disagreement; disconcertment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disconcert dis-kon-sėrt′ to deprive of harmony or agreement: to disturb: to frustrate: to defeat: to put out of countenance
    • n Disconcert disunion
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Quotations

  • G. M. Trevelyan
    G. M. Trevelyan
    “Socrates gave no diplomas or degrees, and would have subjected any disciple who demanded one to a disconcerting catechism on the nature of true knowledge.”
  • Lance Morrow
    Lance Morrow
    “Never forget the power of silence, that massively disconcerting pause which goes on and on and may at last induce an opponent to babble and backtrack nervously.”
  • James Dye
    James Dye
    “Marriage used to be bondage and still is in some places. That's disconcerting.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. dis-, + concert,: cf. OF. desconcerter, F. déconcerter,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. disconcerterdes = L. dis, apart, and concerter, to concert.

Usage

In literature:

Again Nathan Hornby caught a flicker of surprise in Lizzie Farnshaw's eye, and again he was disconcerted.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
Juancho, who expected more resistance, entered slowly, as if disconcerted by the absence of obstacles.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847" by Various
Lettice's youthful aspect, persisting in the face of her approaching motherhood, disconcerted him; it was inappropriate.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Agatha was almost disconcerted.
"Hawtrey's Deputy" by Harold Bindloss
Her husband's waiting silence was more disconcerting than speech.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
Anxious to see everything that went on, we moved our seats nearer, but this so disconcerted the pair that we did not stay long.
"A Bird-Lover in the West" by Olive Thorne Miller
Phil's eyes were bent upon him with disconcerting gravity.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
The disconcerted gipsies rose from their alcove, and came back from the psychic to the material world.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
The bird was disconcerted for an instant.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
It was unexpected and disconcerting.
"The Education of Eric Lane" by Stephen McKenna
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In poetry:

Cease, gazing eyes, to disconcert
Her holy modesty;
And you, my songs, with shamefast awe
Her pomp accompany.
"Immortal Eve - III" by Manmohan Ghose
The weak, the mean, the Fool, whom all despise;
The poorest peasant, with a pebble-stone,
May slay the strong, may disconcert the wise,
May storm a fort, or strike a giant down.
"A Memento Mori -- Or Remember Death" by Rees Prichard
This evening, Delia, you and I, Have managed most delightfully,
For with a frown we parted;
Having contrived some trifle that
We both may be much troubled at,
And sadly disconcerted.
"Apology to Delia" by William Cowper
So that when (Ah joy!) our singer
For his truant string
Feels with disconcerted finger,
What does cricket else but fling
Fiery heart forth, sound the note
Wanted by the throbbing throat?
"A Tale" by Robert Browning

In news:

Tight races, record spending 'disconcerting' for pollsters.
We are only starting to imagine the possible effects that massive open online courses and other innovative technologies will have on traditional higher education—but the immediate response has a disconcerting air of panic.
Collapse as disconcerting as long run in 1st was encouraging.
Well, the queen's government was disconcerted enough about the failure of the security contractor to provide enough guards that an extra 1,200 British troops were called in to help.
Like an old man at a bus stop yelling about alien radio signals to an empty McDonald's bag, Mr Clint Eastwood's bizarre rant during the Republican National Convention was both disconcerting and somewhat humorous.
While prospect of 100 losses disconcerting, Sveum believes you must 'plug away every day'.
Rhonda Humble Publisher It's always disconcerting to run across a rude or mean spirited person, but if you work with the public, you know they are out there.
Like all good parents, his came prepared, armed with a video camera, ready to capture every disconcerted, nonsensical word.
The photo on the front page of the CNN website at 8:58 pm on Tuesday, Dec 11 was a little disconcerting.
Needless to say, the recent news about China holding back exports of these important materials to countries such as Japan is rather disconcerting.
It isn't just the size of the big blue eyeball -- which easily fills two hands -- that's so disconcerting.
For a sizable portion of Minot's 2-1 loss to Jamestown on Friday night, the Majettes did just about everything they could to disconcert the West Region's primo defender.
Minnie Mouse's dreams of being a fashion model are disconcerting to some.
Oh, dear, this is disconcerting: I appear to have become a member of a minority group.
It's always disconcerting to run across a rude or mean-spirited person, but if you work with the public, you know they are out there.
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In science:

While both methods circumvent dimensional reduction by providing a non-perturbative mechanism, the GVM via replica symmetry breaking and the FRG via the generation of a cusp-like non-analyticity in R′′ (u), they are disconcertingly different in spirit.
Functional renormalization group at large N for random manifolds
This is especially disconcerting considering that much of the world about us is both heterogeneous and far from equilibrium.
Coarse graining and control theory model reduction
The fact that the number β in (154) does not agree with (153) is rather disconcerting.
Recent progress in coalescent theory
The perusal of these manifolds from the above mentioned standpoint leads to disconcerting results.
The group aspect in the physical interpretation of general relativity theory
GPEC action in the second of , which was obtained using system sizes similar to those studied here. A fit to the scaling law in equ.17 for σ(λ, r) gives a lower estimate for ν ≤ 0.2 for both λ = 3, 4 but the quality of the fits here is even poorer, so the discrepancy is not too disconcerting.
Scaling in Steiner Random Surfaces
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