disconcert

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
  1. verb
    cause to lose one's composure
    synonyms: discomfit, discompose, rattle, untune, upset
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    enervate, faze, unnerve, unsettle
    disturb the composure of
    dissolve
    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
    afflict
    cause great unhappiness for; distress
    unman
    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, harrow
    cause to feel distress
    tribulate
    oppress or trouble greatly
    strain, stress, try
    test the limits of
    try
    give pain or trouble to
    excruciate, rack, torment, torture
    torment emotionally or mentally
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    arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, pique, provoke, raise
    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
  2. verb
    cause to feel embarrassment
    synonyms: 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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    fluster
    cause to be nervous or upset
    bother
    make confused or perplexed or puzzled
    deflect, distract
    draw someone's attention away from something
    ruffle
    discompose
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    abash, embarrass
    cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
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