disconcerting disconcerting  /ˌdɪs kən ˈsɜr tɪŋ/


  • (adj) causing an emotional disturbance


  1. He rarely looks at you when he talks, which is disconcerting, but he does so when he's driving, which is doubly disconcerting.
  2. Before the President spoke, his aides had begun passing a disconcerting message to the 22 Republican Senators who will be up for re-election in 1986.
  3. That was disconcerting enough, but even odder was the realization that we were not alone but were being watched by hundreds of moviegoers at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.


  1. Mike Hashimoto: Be sure to read all of Scalia decision overturning Arizona law

    It has to be a slightly disconcerting day for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's usual cast of knee-jerk critics - the ones who calibrate their reaction to rulings by which side he's on.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Dallas Morning News

  2. Is it Too Late to Tackle Global Warming?

    Global greenhouse-gas emissions rose to record levels in 2012, the International Energy Agency said in a report released last week. Especially disconcerting is the news from May that carbon-dioxide levels reached 400 parts per million "for the first time in several hundred millennia," the report states.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: National Journal via Yahoo! News

  3. Antarctic Ice Shelves Melt Mostly From Below

    When iceberg chunks break off of floating ice shelves, it can serve as dramatic proof of melting — and this traditionally has been considered the main way that these expanses of Antarctic ice become smaller. But new research reveals a disconcerting finding that is invisible to the naked eye: These ice shelves primarily melt from below.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: LiveScience.com via Yahoo! News


  1. "How disconcerting the claim that the termination of life is a matter of reproductive health," Benedict said.
    on Mar 20, 2009 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "It was a little odd," Anderson told Newsweek for its July 21 issue. "It was more disconcerting than I anticipated. I expected it to be a breeze. But I tried so hard since the series ended to do things as different as possible from the...
    on Jul 20, 2008 By: Gillian Anderson Source: guardian.co.uk

  3. "We see little slivers of good news but I would agree with you, there continues to be - we see it in Canada - downward revisions on output and employment. It is disconcerting," Harper said. "And all the more reason I think if anything leaders...
    on Apr 1, 2009 By: Stephen Harper Source: TheChronicleHerald.ca

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