One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A feeling of unease or embarrassment; awkwardness.‘many MPs are secretly enjoying his discomfiture’
embarrassment, unease, uneasiness, awkwardness, discomfort, discomposure, abashment, confusion, agitation, nervousness, flusteredness, disorientation, perturbation, distressView synonyms
- ‘He displayed a charm in discomfiture that I always found disarming - as, I suspect, did the majority of the programme's fans.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘So, the next time you feel discomfiture while being inside a building, the source of illness could be the poor design of the structure rather than anything else.’
- ‘This will spare you the discomfiture of having to discuss the realities of sex before your daughter is intellectually and emotionally ready to understand.’
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