verb dis·com·fit \dis-ˈkəm(p)-fət, especially Southern ˌdis-kəm-ˈfit\

: to make (someone) confused or upset

Full Definition of DISCOMFIT

transitive verb
a archaic :  to defeat in battle
b :  to frustrate the plans of :  thwart
:  to put into a state of perplexity and embarrassment :  disconcert
dis·com·fit·ing·ly \dis-ˈkəm(p)-fə-tiŋ-lē, ˌdīs-kəm-ˈfi-\ adverb

Examples of DISCOMFIT

  1. <constant interruptions discomfited her in her attempt to finish the speech, and she finally gave up>
  2. <he was discomfited by the awkward situation of having his ex-girlfriend meet his current one>


Middle English, from Anglo-French descumfit, past participle of descumfire, from des- dis- + cumfire to prepare — more at comfit
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of DISCOMFIT

embarrass, discomfit, abash, disconcert, rattle mean to distress by confusing or confounding. embarrass implies some influence that impedes thought, speech, or action <embarrassed to admit that she liked the movie>. discomfit implies a hampering or frustrating accompanied by confusion <hecklers discomfited the speaker>. abash presupposes some initial self-confidence that receives a sudden check, producing shyness, shame, or a feeling of inferiority <abashed by her swift and cutting retort>. disconcert implies an upsetting of equanimity or assurance producing uncertainty or hesitancy <disconcerted by finding so many in attendance>. rattle implies an agitation that impairs thought and judgment <rattled by all the television cameras>.



Definition of DISCOMFIT

First Known Use of DISCOMFIT

15th century


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