Dis`com*pose" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discomposed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Discomposing.] [Pref. dis- + compose: cf. OF. decomposer, F. d'ecomposer.]

1.

To disarrange; to interfere with; to disturb; to disorder; to unsettle; to break up.

Or discomposed the headdress of a prude. Pope.

2.

To throw into disorder; to ruffle; to destroy the composure or equanimity; to agitate.

Opposition . . . discomposeth the mind's serenity. Glanvill.

3.

To put out of place or service; to discharge; to displace.

[Obs.]

Bacon.

Syn. -- To disorder; derange; unsettle; disturb; disconcert; agitate; ruffle; fret; vex.

 

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