discomfort

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

Definition of discomfort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

discomfort

noun

Definition of discomfort (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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

Verb

the harsh criticism of his musical talent did not discomfort him in the least

Noun

The patient is still experiencing some discomfort. These new developments are being watched with discomfort by many of our allies.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The opera has discomforting timeliness at a time when many Americans feel trapped in partisan battles over elites, economic justice and borders; yet the will to change things is somehow lacking. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: If You See One Opera This Year, Make It ‘The Exterminating Angel’," 27 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

My siblings never expressed discomfort with fasting during Ramadan, so the idea of adding more to the list that made me the shame of the bunch just wasn’t in the cards. Imani Bashir, Teen Vogue, "How I Learned to Love Ramadan," 10 May 2019 There were legal hurdles to navigate, and also a huge discomfort with the idea of getting a 5-year-old stoned. Amber Senter, Marie Claire, "We Have to Acknowledge That CBD Use Is a Privilege," 11 Apr. 2019 Another theme of discussion among the Davos set was the growing discomfort with corporate influence over society, especially big technology firms. Deborah Ball, WSJ, "Executives in Davos Put Brave Face on Jittery Mood," 22 Jan. 2019 But some artists and/or their associates find discomfort with the idea. Tom Roland, Billboard, "David Lee, Garth, Sugarland: When Is a Comeback Not a Comeback?," 27 June 2018 But, unfortunately, these signs of discomfort with genuine human beings who are struggling put many people off. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland.com, "Appealing to the muse to persevere: Sun Messages," 14 May 2018 Some of Michael’s discomfort with Jim & Andy seems to stem from Zmuda’s involvement. Zach Schonfeld, Newsweek, "I Watched Netflix's 'Jim & Andy’ With Andy Kaufman’s Brother and Sister," 18 Nov. 2017 Dew points are forecast to rise, reaching the low and mid-70s by afternoon, a level at which most people feel a high degree of discomfort. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Rise in humidity ups chance of thunderstorms," 13 July 2018 By comparison, 33 percent of patients in other VA living centers report that level of discomfort, and only 6 percent in private care facilities. Dennis Wagner, azcentral, "Prescott VA nursing home ranks among worst nationally, data show," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of discomfort

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for discomfort

Verb

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

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discomfort

verb

English Language Learners Definition of discomfort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

discomfort

noun

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

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