• WordNet 3.6
    • n disconcertion anxious embarrassment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Disconcertion The act of disconcerting, or state of being disconcerted; discomposure; perturbation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n disconcertion The act of disconcerting, or the state of being disconcerted; confusion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Disconcertion confusion
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  • 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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. disconcerterdes = L. dis, apart, and concerter, to concert.


In literature:

At first he pompously styled him master, but after a few words he called him by name with disconcerting familiarity.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
Helen's voice, when she spoke, showed her that she was pained and disconcerted.
"Franklin Kane" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
He held his cap in his hand, his head was bowed, and he appeared slightly disconcerted.
"The Bastonnais" by John Lesperance
Her manner was irritating; her quiet, direct glances disconcerted him.
"The Boss of the Lazy Y" by Charles Alden Seltzer
All the same it is a trifle disconcerting.
"Le Petit Nord" by Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
He looked at it with surprise and discussed it with disconcerting frankness.
"Quin" by Alice Hegan Rice
One of the disconcerting things about this huge creature was his capacity for sleep.
"The Beach of Dreams" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
There came a pause which was almost as disconcerting as had been the previous rapid movements.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Texas" by Frank Gee Patchin
This movement disconcerted the party to which Mr. Chilton belonged.
"Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams." by Josiah Quincy
Murray was palpably disconcerted at this.
"Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks" by Bracebridge Hemyng

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:

Minnie Mouse 's dreams of being a fashion model are disconcerting to some.
In the carnage that was the Orioles' 12-3 loss to the Texas Rangerson Wednesday night, there was one moment that was particularly disconcerting.
David Bentley Hart is, perhaps, the most stimulating (and, at times, disconcerting) Orthodox theologian writing in America today.
Perhaps the most disconcerting aspect of the tragedy, though, is this: Everything considered, it was not so surprising.
A disconcerting aspect of Jon Lester's performance this season is the number of times the Red Sox left-hander has been given a lead and has been unable to hold it.
Here's what's disconcerting: being left with all of your baggage, on a gravel air strip considerably north of the Arctic circle, without a single familiar face around you.
Presidential candidate sets off outrage after questioning city's 'disconcerting' problems.
They made disconcerting crunching noises while devouring animal bones.
Robison's third book starts with a bang—his description of the "malicious explosion" created by his teenage Cubby that has the boy, who has Asperger 's syndrome, looking at 60 years in prison, is as disconcerting as it is captivating.
But Andrew Jarecki's Capturing the Friedmans is a documentary, and so it's disconcerting largely because of its subject matter—it shocks us with the truth.
"The presence of invasive lionfish in our offshore waters is disconcerting due to their aggressive nature, high spawning activity, generalist diet, and because they lack many predators ," says Dr Matthew Ajemian in a prepared statement.
I had a disconcerting conversation recently with a former therapy client who was trying to decide whether or not to marry the woman he had been living with for some time.
The man who led the campaign to change Spokane's government back in 1960 was amazed and even a little disconcerted at how easy it was to do.
After calling the lead-up to the games "disconcerting," he earned a sharp rebuke from the British prime minister.
They make for lively if not disconcerting reading in the news columns of the Islander.

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