One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he complained of increasing abdominal discomfort’
pain, aches and pains, soreness, tenderness, irritation, stiffness, malaise
ache, twinge, pang, throb, cramp, hurt
British informal gyp
2‘the discomforts of life at sea’
inconvenience, difficulty, bother, nuisance, vexation, drawback, disadvantage, trouble, problem, trial, tribulation
lack of comfort, unpleasantness, hardship, distress
3‘Ruth flushed and Thomas noticed her discomfort’
embarrassment, discomfiture, unease, uneasiness, abashment, awkwardness, discomposure, confusion, agitation, nervousness, flusteredness, perturbation, distress, anxiety
chagrin, mortification, shame, humiliation
rare disconcertment, disconcertion
1‘his purpose was to discomfort the Prime Minister’
discomfit, make uneasy, make uncomfortable, embarrass, abash, disconcert, nonplus, discompose, take aback, unsettle, unnerve, put someone off their stroke, upset, ruffle, fluster, perturb, disturb
informal rattle, discombobulate, faze, set someone back on their heels
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