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

There’s so much that could be learned there, if people would just be willing to endure the discomforts and disappointments of working in these areas. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "In search of the ‘white Jaguar’: Archaeologists travel deep into the jungle to find a lost Maya city," 5 Sep. 2019 The discomfort of being soaked by hundreds of gallons of water would chill everyone out and soon ruin the evening. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "Soak sideshow crowds with fire hoses — that’s ex-lawmaker Don Perata’s solution," 24 July 2019 Rocco said the problems go beyond the obvious discomfort of life in hot weather. Pamela Falk, CBS News, "Brace for more killer heat waves, Red Cross warns," 16 July 2019 Destiny’s commingling excitement about and discomfort with her new riches is evident throughout the film. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "How Hustlers Captured the Excesses of Pre-Recession Fashion," 17 Sep. 2019 These otherwise intelligent progressives are embarrassed by that discomfort. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Patrios," 16 Sep. 2019 But stories of guests’ discomfort are familiar to many on the front lines at historical sites steeped in slavery: the tour guides, reenactors and other staff with an up-close view of how Americans think and talk about a shameful past. Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, "Plantations honestly addressing slavery see visitor pushback," 13 Sep. 2019 Before the first signs of epidermal discomfort take hold, one of the easiest ways to arm yourself is to invest in a humidifier for your bedroom, says Bowe. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Can You Prevent Dry Skin? 4 Expert Tips for Chilly Days Ahead," 13 Sep. 2019 The Twins had sent Buxton to California to be examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache after attempts to come back were halted by shoulder discomfort. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins’ Byron Buxton undergoes season-ending surgery," 10 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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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

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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