discomfort

noun

Definition of discomfort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : mental or physical uneasiness : annoyance
2 archaic : distress, grief

discomfort

verb
dis·​com·​fort | \ dis-ˈkəm(p)-fərt How to pronounce discomfort (audio) \
discomforted; discomforting; discomforts

Definition of discomfort (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make uncomfortable or uneasy
2 archaic : dismay sense 1

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Other Words from discomfort

Verb

discomfortable \ dis-​ˈkəm(p)-​fər-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce discomfortable (audio) , -​ˈkəm(p)f-​tər-​bəl \ adjective

Examples of discomfort in a Sentence

Noun The patient is still experiencing some discomfort. These new developments are being watched with discomfort by many of our allies. Verb the harsh criticism of his musical talent did not discomfort him in the least
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Other research suggests the discomfort might come from an innate drive to avoid infectious diseases and contaminated food. BostonGlobe.com, "‘‘The new iPhone is creeping me ... out with the 3 little cameras,’’ one Twitter user wrote.," 13 Sep. 2019 All this is compounded by the fact that discomfort is part of the job description. Isabel Cristo, The New Republic, "Fashion Week’s Labor Problem Is Our Labor Problem," 11 Sep. 2019 The discomfort is amplified by the personal sacrifices many reporters make. K.j. Yossman, Marie Claire, "Inside the Cutthroat World of Royal Gossips," 5 Sep. 2019 The discomfort in Susie Torres’ left ear felt like the water that can get stuck there after swimming. oregonlive.com, "She thought she had water in her ear. It was a venomous brown recluse spider.," 23 Aug. 2019 Santa Venetia eschews the discomfort of traditional clogs by placing a barely noticeable foam bottom on the insole. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Santa Venetia Makes Tie Dyed and Purple Metallic Clogs," 22 Aug. 2019 To help ease the discomfort while your body fights it off, Brissette recommends using artificial tears as well as placing a cool, wet washcloth onto your eyes — just make sure to toss it into the washing machine right afterward. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "What Exactly Is Pink Eye, and How Do You Treat It?," 26 July 2019 But the underlying notion of disturbances in the status quo — of sowing discomfort in a white audience — doesn’t feel all that dissimilar. Washington Post, "This play aims to make you uncomfortable. And that’s a good thing.," 18 Sep. 2019 Laureano, starting for the first time in four games after discomfort in his right leg, was in right field Wednesday to limit his running. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s Ramón Laureano, now in right, provides key assist," 11 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The pop’s discomforting similarity to gunfire is enough to make people pause, and the uncertainty can lead to a common, albeit cryptic, summer city question: Gunshot or fireworks? Bianca Sanchez, chicagotribune.com, "Gunshots or fireworks? How to tell the difference," 3 July 2019 Fear and discomfort around bondage and kink typically come out of misunderstanding what BDSM is—and is not. Gigi Engle, SELF, "5 Ways to Ease Your Partner Into Trying Bondage and Kink," 28 Sep. 2018 The sound of a gunshot can range from discomforting to downright painful, depending on the caliber and the distance from gun to listener. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Marines Are Equipping Hundreds of Infantrymen with Silencers," 28 Nov. 2016 In a pioneering pop-up event, the graffiti king had taken over a shop in Westbourne Grove and filled it with live rats that scampered among the artworks in a failed attempt to discomfort the Notting Hill crowd. Waldemar Januszczak, A-LIST, "Kate Moss: The Golden Girl," 1 July 2018 Shakti Chen’s understandable emotions became a discomforting go-to reaction shot for producers even as others spoke. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "No ifs about it after Fox's O.J. Simpson show: 'I remember I grabbed the knife'," 12 Mar. 2018 Was his presence discomforting in the midst of the #TimesUp movement considering his checkered past? Jake Kring-schreifels, Esquire, "The Best, Worst, and Weirdest Moments of the 2018 Oscars," 5 Mar. 2018 To those allies and partners who are discomforted by uncertainty, the onus is on them to draw nearer and listen more closely. Jerry Hendrix, National Review, "Trump and His Strategy of Ambiguity," 8 Jan. 2018 The strange comfort of this otherwise discomforting listen is, in fact, the proof that artmaking survives everything. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The 10 Best Albums of 2017," 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of discomfort

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for discomfort

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French descomforter, from des- dis- + comforter to comfort

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4 Nov 2019

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The first known use of discomfort was in the 14th century

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discomfort

noun

English Language Learners Definition of discomfort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an uncomfortable or painful feeling in the body
: a feeling of being somewhat worried, unhappy, etc.

discomfort

verb
How to pronounce discomfort (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of discomfort (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : to make (someone) uncomfortable, worried, etc.

discomfort

noun
dis·​com·​fort | \ dis-ˈkəm-fərt How to pronounce discomfort (audio) \

Kids Definition of discomfort

: the condition of being uncomfortable The dog whimpered in discomfort.

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