discomfort

verb
dis·com·fort | \ dis-ˈkəm(p)-fərt \

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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Verb

discomfortable \-ˈkəm(p)-fər-tə-bəl, -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

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 But that doesn't mean they weren't discomforted by the film, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, which finds a couple's relationship tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Jennifer Lawrence's 'Mother!' dazzles, discomforts critics at Venice film fest premiere," 5 Sep. 2017 Although this reality discomforts Mr. Macron’s sought-after closeness with Chancellor Angela Merkel, members of the French defense community attacked Germany’s soft strategic stance at a closed seminar last month. John Vinocur, WSJ, "What Brings Trump and Macron Together," 23 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Chapman earned his 25th save Thursday against the Indians in his first appearance since Saturday, when he was removed from a game in Toronto after facing one batter because of discomfort in the knee. BostonGlobe.com, "Knee surgery scheduled for Lonzo Ball," 14 July 2018 In a small number of cases, though, symptoms like fatigue, pain, cognitive impairment, and joint and muscle discomfort can persist for at least six months after treatment. Kate Sheridan, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You," 14 July 2018 Emily, arguably the most stoic character on The Handmaid's Tale, is able to limit all fear and discomfort to subtle facial ticks, like widening eyes and downcast glances. refinery29.com, "Meet Commander Lawrence, The Most Destabilizing Presence On The Handmaid's Tale," 10 July 2018 The new study reveals that the variation in the intensity of treatment stems more from the availability of services and physicians’ discomfort navigating end-of-life choices than from patients’ wishes. Orly Nadell Farber, STAT, "Physicians’ beliefs may override cancer patients’ wishes for end-of-life care, study finds," 9 July 2018 Gender dysphoria is defined as stress or discomfort caused by a discrepancy between a person’s gender identity and the gender assigned at birth. Laura A. Bischoff, ajc, "Ohio lawmakers back bill requiring teachers to out transgender students," 30 June 2018 There is usually not any discomfort or change in function, and children are not limited in their activities. Dr. Carolyn Kienstra And Dr. Alicia Morrisson, miamiherald, "Scoliosis a common condition that could require medical care," 12 June 2018 But a good deal of my own discomfort with my automotive smartphone use had nothing to do with driving safety. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Driving Without a Smartphone," 10 July 2018 My quick reaction to long-simmering need comes from my own discomfort with feeling powerless to help, rather than from thinking about how to really be helpful. Jason Han, Philly.com, "What women in crisis taught these doctors about empathy," 6 July 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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The first known use of discomfort was in the 14th century

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discomfort

verb

English Language Learners Definition of discomfort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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 \

Kids Definition of discomfort

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

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