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tr.v. dis·com·bob·u·lat·ed, dis·com·bob·u·lat·ing, dis·com·bob·u·lates
To throw into a state of confusion. See Synonyms at befuddle.

[Perhaps alteration of discompose.]

dis′com·bob′u·la′tion n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.discombobulation - a feeling of embarrassment that leaves you confused
embarrassment - the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public


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Unlike Tupelo, we have been unable to bridge divisions rooted in race, provincialism, self-interest, and ideology Thus, instead of discourse leading to success and distinction, we get unending squabbles that foster distress, disappointment, dysfunction, distrust, and discombobulation.
BM No matter what type of practice you have --or your threshold for discombobulation.
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