Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.
References in periodicals archive ?
Matthew Augustine suggests that the narrator is in an "embarrassing state of discomposure, and in a posture that seems to signify moral laxity" (49).
Furthering their argument, they write that "Tanure Ojaide laments the deplorable condition of the Niger-Delta, using local rudimentary psyched sights of anguish, discomposure, and trepidation that streak his time and land.
Stress denotes a real or perceived discomposure to an organism's physiological homeostasis or psychological well-being (NRC, 1992).
Filippo struggles to make sense of the discomposure on top of his fair share of teenage angst.
When listening to his recording, I feel admiration for the violinist's technical perfection, but also discomposure and even a reluctance to return to such a view of Dvorak's work.
There is no evidence or other reporting to indicate the catcher experienced frenzied discomposure that somehow contributed to the illness he suffered during the game.
Darcy, who, though extremely surprised, was not unwilling to receive it, when she instantly drew back, and said with some discomposure to Sir William,
26) Foregrounding also the drama of composure and discomposure that haunts the sensorium of the dominated subject every day of her life, she shows how the thing that looks like shyness or defeat might also or instead be a refusal of the dominator's demand to provide or control the conditions of recognition ("she didn't like white people seeing inside her" (27)).
Woolf's description of Orlando's "unsexing" is worth quoting for the delightfully anti-Freudian implications noted by critics such as Lawrence and, before her, Elizabeth Abel: "Orlando looked himself up and down in a long looking-glass, without showing any signs of discomposure, and went, presumably, to his bath" (Orlando 138).
I have no idea how many of my fellow countrymen and women felt the same sense of small discomposure on first hearing the news of her admission to hospital.
Their discomposure is subtler -- they are bewildered, aching, and hesitant.
The poem can't sustain Cole's customary coolness here, and presents an image of profound discomposure, his reduction to animal grief.