To disconcert is to unsettle someone, or make them feel confused and out of sorts. Finding a soup ladle in your sock drawer would definitely disconcert you!

Disconcert comes from the old French word disconcerter, meaning "confused." The prefix dis means "not" — it has a bad attitude and shows up in words like disagree and disown. The second part of the word comes from the verb concerter, "to bring together." If you disconcert someone, you make them feel uncomfortable and maybe a little embarrassed.

Definitions of disconcert

v cause to lose one's composure

discomfit, discompose, rattle, untune, upset
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enervate, faze, unnerve, unsettle
disturb the composure of
cause to lose control emotionally
bemuse, bewilder, discombobulate, throw
cause to be confused emotionally
abash, embarrass
cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
anguish, hurt, pain
cause emotional anguish or make miserable
cause great unhappiness for; distress
cause to lose one's nerve
confuse, flurry, put off
cause to feel embarrassment
break someone's heart
cause deep emotional pain and grief to somebody
agonise, agonize
cause to agonize
aggrieve, grieve
cause to feel distress
oppress or trouble greatly
strain, stress, try
test the limits of
give pain or trouble to
excruciate, rack, torment, torture
torment emotionally or mentally
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arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise
call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

v cause to feel embarrassment

confuse, flurry, put off
bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw
be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
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cause to be nervous or upset
make confused or perplexed or puzzled
deflect, distract
draw someone's attention away from something
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abash, embarrass
cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious

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