Definition of discomfit
discomfitinglyplay \dis-ˈkəm(p)-fə-tiŋ-lē, ˌdīs-kəm-ˈfi-\ adverb
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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
Recent Examples of discomfit from the Web
For filmmakers, servicing those priorities can be a discomfiting proposition.
The John Kander and Fred Ebb musical, with a book by Joe Masteroff that traces back to a Christopher Isherwood novel, has the ability like no other to follow a shot of razzle-dazzle with a deeply discomfiting chaser.
Mr. Kohl had through most of his political career been visibly discomfited by discussions of Germany’s decimated Jewish heritage.
Trump's comments also discomfited many in the United States.
Trump’s comments also discomfited many in the United States.
The agency is also working with Denise Albert, a breast-cancer patient who went public after a discomfiting pat-down, to develop educational videos for travelers with cancer.
The prospect of Bangalore’s imminent collapse from dehydration, and its apparently anarchic response to the threat, seemed to offer a discomfiting preview of a more general urban future.
Timpani and bass drum thunder like bombs, dance rhythms re-emerge as violent pounding, playful sections become discomfiting and demonic.
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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.
Synonym Discussion of discomfit
Definition of discomfit
: the state of being confused, embarrassed, or upset : discomfiture
DISCOMFIT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of discomfit for English Language Learners
: to make (someone) confused or upset
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