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discomfit

Syllabification: dis·com·fit
Pronunciation: /disˈkəmfit
 
/

Definition of discomfit in English:

verb (discomfits, discomfiting, discomfited)

[with object]
Make (someone) feel uneasy or embarrassed: he was not noticeably discomfited by her tone
More example sentences
  • The overused phrase ‘politically correct’ is usually code for something newish that discomfits the writer.
  • Tight-lipped, he appeared discomfited by the questions thrown at him, and relied on streams of impenetrable government-speak for his responses.
  • The poor boy was clearly discomfited, but we can never resist a mystery, so he gulped out an answer.
Synonyms
embarrass, abash, disconcert, discompose, discomfort, take aback, unsettle, unnerve, put someone off their game, ruffle, confuse, fluster, agitate, disorient, upset, disturb, perturb, distress;
chagrin, mortify

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'defeat in battle'): from Old French desconfit, past participle of desconfire, based on Latin dis- (expressing reversal) + conficere 'put together' (see confection).

Usage

The words discomfit and discomfort are etymologically unrelated. Further, discomfit is a verb and discomfort is primarily a noun. But in modern use, their principal meanings as a verb have collapsed into one: ‘make (someone) feel uneasy.’.

Derivatives

discomfiture

1
Pronunciation: /disˈkəmfiˌCHo͝or/
noun
Example sentences
  • This will spare you the discomfiture of having to discuss the realities of sex before your daughter is intellectually and emotionally ready to understand.
  • Football brings good days and bad days, days when your heart sings with the disbelief of achieving what seemed impossible and days when your ears ring with the discomfiture of loss.
  • The second most important person in the country had not yet fully recovered from the electoral shock, but his discomfiture at the party was made worse by his visible loneliness.
Synonyms
embarrassment, unease, uneasiness, awkwardness, discomfort, discomposure, abashment, confusion, agitation, nervousness, disorientation, perturbation, distress;
chagrin, mortification, shame, humiliation

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