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dis kuhn sur ting

  • v  cause to feel embarrassment
  • v  cause to lose one's composure
  • s  causing an emotional disturbance
    his disconcerting habit of greeting friends ferociously and strangers charmingly"- Herb Caen

  • What one found disconcerting, though, "was Speransky's cold, mirror-like gaze, which let no one penetrate to his soul and a too great contempt for people.
  • For Edwards, who has basically been living in Iowa (and who parlayed a second-place finish there in 2004 into a spot on the Democratic ticket), the results have to be disconcerting.
  • In 2005, Edinburgh Zoo issued a public notice after several panicked Scots reported a non-venomous spider called a "false black widow" that had a disconcerting behavior of .
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  • 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.
    June 17, 2013 - Dallas Morning News
  • 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.
    June 17, 2013 - National Journal via Yahoo! News
  • 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.
    June 13, 2013 - LiveScience.com via Yahoo! News

  • Pope Benedict XVI in International Herald Tribune
    How disconcerting the claim that the termination of life is a matter of reproductive health,Benedict said.
  • Gillian Anderson in guardian.co.uk
    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...
  • Stephen Harper in TheChronicleHerald.ca
    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...

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