Simple Definition of discomfit
: to make (someone) confused or upset
Examples of discomfit in a sentence
<constant interruptions discomfited her in her attempt to finish the speech, and she finally gave up>
<he was discomfited by the awkward situation of having his ex-girlfriend meet his current one>
Did You Know?
Disconcerted by discomfit and discomfort? Here's a little usage history that might help. Several usage commentators have, in the past, tried to convince their readers that discomfit means "to rout" or "to completely defeat" and not "to discomfort, embarrass, or make uneasy." In its earliest uses discomfit did in fact mean "to defeat in battle," but that sense is now rare, and the extended sense, "to thwart," is also uncommon. Most of the recent commentaries agree that the sense "to discomfort or disconcert" has become thoroughly established and is the most prevalent meaning of the word. There is one major difference between discomfit and discomfort, though-discomfit is used almost exclusively as a verb, while discomfort is much more commonly used as a noun than a verb.
Origin of discomfit
Middle English, from Anglo-French descumfit, past participle of descumfire, from des- dis- + cumfire to prepare — more at comfit
First Known Use: 13th century
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