Definition of discomfit in English:

discomfit

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Make (someone) feel uneasy or embarrassed.

    ‘he was not noticeably discomfited by her tone’
    • ‘Her gaze was suddenly penetrating, and it almost discomfited him.’
    • ‘More often, he uses his talents to discomfit people who deserve it, deflating the pretentious and humbling the arrogant.’
    • ‘It was like a whole different world here; I was suddenly discomfited by my family's humble home.’
    • ‘She succeeded in discomfiting him even further.’
    • ‘But they are discomfited by the normalcy of it all.’
    • ‘It has proven itself right time after time. It has discomfited its critics and it has repeatedly astonished even its pessimistically inclined well-wishers, such as myself.’
    • ‘Well, he's just made it clear that you've succeeded in discomfiting him and his crew.’
    • ‘The overused phrase ‘politically correct’ is usually code for something newish that discomfits the writer.’
    • ‘Her green eyes danced with laughter as she discomfited her brother.’
    • ‘His odd, slightly discomfiting palette-a range of hues informed by but not faithful to the colors of the natural world-contributes to a sense of disequilibrium.’
    • ‘If a politician cannot speak discomfiting truths without being thrown out of office, then we can expect to have more politicians who will tell us comforting lies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For his part, he was coolness and dignity personified and rejected the chance to discomfit his opponent still further by insulting him.’
    • ‘It's a nifty device too, because it reminds you of the show's discomfiting ambiguity.’
    • ‘My students were not at all puzzled by this, although they were discomfited that their parents were paying six figures for such an education.’
    • ‘Recently, I've found myself more than a little discomfited by examples of intolerance that seem to be cropping up around me.’
    • ‘Scenes will discomfit you, partly because the dialogue is not quite up to the mark in his quest for black humour.’
    • ‘Actions like these would threaten businesses and discomfit drivers.’
    • ‘Beatrice's apology was more gracious, and she was visibly discomfited by her father's manner.’
    embarrass, make uncomfortable, make uneasy, abash, disconcert, nonplus, discompose, discomfort, take aback, unsettle, unnerve, put someone off their stroke, ruffle, confuse, fluster, agitate, disorientate, upset, disturb, perturb, distress
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Usage

The words discomfit and discomfort are etymologically unrelated 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).

Pronunciation

discomfit

/dɪsˈkʌmfɪt/