disconcert

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From Middle French desconcerter, from des- (dis-) + concerter (to bring into agreement, organize).

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disconcert (third-person singular simple present disconcerts, present participle disconcerting, simple past and past participle disconcerted)

  1. (transitive) To upset the composure of.
    • Thackeray
      The embrace disconcerted the daughter-in-law somewhat, as the caresses of old gentlemen unshorn and perfumed with tobacco might well do.
  2. (transitive) To bring into confusion.
  3. (transitive) To frustrate, make go wrong.
    The emperor disconcerted the plans of his enemy.

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