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discombobulate

PRONUNCIATION:
(dis-kuhm-BOB-yuh-layt)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To disconcert or confuse.

ETYMOLOGY:
Probably from fanciful alteration of discompose or discomfit.

USAGE:
"I don't think we should be messing with time. I have trouble adjusting. You're not alone. Some people claim they are really discombobulated by the time change."
The Bluffer's Guide: Times Changes; The Gazette (Montreal, Canada); Oct 2, 2008.

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