[dis.com.pose] vt [ME] (15c) 1: to destroy the composure of
2: to disturb the order of -- dis.com.po.sure n syn discompose, disquiet, disturb, perturb, agitate, upset, fluster mean to destroy capacity for collected thought or decisive action. discompose implies some degree of loss of self-control or self-confidence esp. through emotional stress "discomposed by the loss of his beloved wife". dis quiet suggests loss of sense of security or peace of mind "the disquieting news of factories closing". disturb implies interference with one's mental processes caused by worry, perplexity, or interruption "the discrepancy in accounts disturbed me". perturb implies deep disturbance of mind and emotions "perturbed by her husband's strange behavior". agitate suggests obvious external signs of nervous or emotional excitement "in his agitated state we could see he was unable to work". upset implies the disturbance of normal or habitual functioning by disappointment, distress, or grief "the family's constant bickering upsets the youngest child". fluster suggests bewildered agitation "his declaration of love completely flustered her".