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

Anyone with pain and discomfort, or those who work with clients who experience pain, are invited to attend. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland.com, "Brecksville Center for the Arts offers after-school art program for children: Talk of the Towns," 11 July 2019 So Liu set out to identify the features of cries that can help mark them as expressions of pain or discomfort. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "A Translator for Baby Cries? Yes, Please.," 2 July 2019 These include being able to follow moving objects with their eyes, visually fixate, and respond to pain or discomfort. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Who will wake up from a coma? Electrical jolts in the brain offer hints," 30 June 2019 Acknowledge that the conversations might make the kids feel uncomfortable, but don’t let the discomfort be an excuse not to have the dialogues. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "‘Giving You Salt’: The Most Powerful Moment on Big Little Lies So Far," 17 June 2019 Hendricks believes the discomfort could have stemmed from fatigue. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs place Kyle Hendricks on the 10-day injured list with a shoulder injury," 15 June 2019 On a short drive to the hospital, the chest discomfort seemed to be getting worse. Donna Blass, Health.com, "I Had a Perfectly Normal EKG at My Check-Up—and the Next Day I Had a Heart Attack," 7 June 2019 But then, all of a sudden the discomfort came back. Sam Blum | Sblum@al.com, al.com, "Injured Auburn ace Davis Daniel opens up about missing season," 6 June 2019 Sufferers can also mistakenly attribute the discomfort to dental or eye pain, Dr. Newman says. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Is It a Migraine or a Another Headache? How to Tell the Difference, According to Neurologists," 28 May 2019

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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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