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

The cream features hyaluronic acid, arginine, and vitamin E to help soften the texture of uneven skin, while the serum, packed with essential fatty acids, has a soothing effect on the physical discomfort stretch marks can sometimes cause. Marci Robin, Allure, "Loey Lane's New Brand Love AnyBody Launches Affordable Body-Care Products at Target," 4 Apr. 2019 Adriana Martino, founder of New York City's Skinney Medspa, adds that after that initial discomfort, the area becomes numbed. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About CoolSculpting (and Were Too Afraid to Ask)," 11 Jan. 2019 News surrounding the fitness of Kyle Walker and Dele Alli proves to be better reading, however, as the pair are set to be fit for the Sweden game after pulling up with cramp and slight discomfort respectively during the quarter final clash. SI.com, "England Handed Harry Kane Boost But Others Remain Major Injury Doubts for Sweden Clash," 5 July 2018 There wasn’t any discomfort throughout the whole entire process from Week 1 until now. azcentral, "A.J. Pollock returning to Diamondbacks' lineup vs. St. Louis Cardinals Monday," 2 July 2018 Local governments around the United States are starting to sever lucrative ties with federal immigration entities amid growing discomfort with the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Simon Romero, BostonGlobe.com, "Cities Cut Government Contracts for Immigrant Detention as Protests Grow," 28 June 2018 Breathing through the discomfort of feeling cold boosts his energy and improves his skin tone and stress management all day, Mr. D’Amour says. Ellen Byron, WSJ, "What’s the Rush? The Power of a Slow Morning," 8 Jan. 2019 That self-awareness has resulted from sitting through extreme discomfort, seeking to let go of expectations and wanting to get better. Sara Clarkson, chicagotribune.com, "Clarkson: Question motives and fears to become self-aware," 26 Apr. 2018 Such an unwavering, stony response was in stark contrast to the praise lauded upon Leroy Sane, who made a return to training five weeks ahead of schedule, with the German youngster fighting through discomfort to be involved with the team. SI.com, "Pep Guardiola Issues Spiky Response to Question on Yaya Toure Absence as Doubts Over Future Grow," 16 Feb. 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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