Definition of discomfit in English:

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discomfit

Pronunciation: /disˈkəmfət/

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
informal faze, rattle, discombobulate

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.’.

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).

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: dis·com·fit

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