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 discomfort (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 The discomfort that Americans have around things that are difficult to talk about is well-documented, but there isn’t much discussion beyond that. George Mccalman, SFChronicle.com, "300,000 dead from COVID. How do we mourn them?," 17 Dec. 2020 An improvisatory, leaderless group of artists, the Grand Union hung around for six years — a pretty thrilling six years by most accounts — during which discomfort, wit, boredom, chaos and excitement were all ingredients for creation. New York Times, "When a Dance Collective Was Like a Rock Band," 3 Nov. 2020 But the discomfort of wanting change is the very first step to seeking real justice. Erin Corbett, refinery29.com, "What Does Justice For Breonna Taylor Even Look Like Anymore?," 27 Sep. 2020 Yet almost immediately, the young model said she was overcome with discomfort. Fox News, "Where is Jean Luc Brunel, the mysterious French modeling agent linked to Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking ring?," 7 Aug. 2020 Hilder is concerned that the discomfort posed by the masks could be the final straw for some SAR volunteers. Washington Post, "Flood of hikers, protective gear requirements could pose challenges for sea...," 25 June 2020 Though professional photographers memorialize so many life milestones — graduations and engagements, weddings and births — Americans' notorious discomfort with death makes funeral photography rare. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, "Minnesota photographers offer comfort through funeral and remembrance photography," 18 Dec. 2020 Brian Flores had a moment of discomfort caused by a casual label inserted into a question this week. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Kelly: Dolphins’ Brian Flores has earned the right to shed the defensive coach label | Commentary," 18 Dec. 2020 Of course, the ability to forget and minimize discomfort is a basic human adaptation. Washington Post, "The covid-era workplace: Hard questions, no easy answers," 17 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Those include swelling and discomfort around the injection site as well as fatigue, flu-like achiness, and a mild fever. Popular Science, "What to know about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine before it reaches you," 14 Dec. 2020 The efforts by Trump to undermine faith in the elections process are unprecedented for a sitting president, and are leading to discomfort inside his own party. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, "Biden wins Wisconsin, Michigan as focus shifts to Pennsylvania, Nevada," 4 Nov. 2020 Personality, unconscious bias for and against groups, time constraints, [and] discomfort with difference can all be barriers to inclusion and a sense of belonging. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "What most managers don’t know about leading diverse teams," 25 Sep. 2020 Emotions in these dreams range from surprise to discomfort to stress to nightmarish horror. Tore Nielsen, Scientific American, "The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Changing Our Dreams," 16 Sep. 2020 Ohtani alerted the Angels to discomfort in his arm after departing. Maria Torres Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Shohei Ohtani will not pitch again for Angels this season," 4 Aug. 2020 This feature, along with the cozy padded headband and earpads, are sure to help users get maximum editing time under their belt without wasting a moment to discomfort or lack of clarity. Popular Science, "The best headphones for editing audio and video," 30 Apr. 2020 There's a holiday theme, plenty of laughter and a side of discomforting political issues, a signature of Lear's groundbreaking '70s sitcom hits. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear on serving a new holiday helping of '70s sitcom classics," 17 Dec. 2019 Kronman seems primarily discomforted that people unlike him may one day be in charge. John Warner, chicagotribune.com, "Is meritocracy a sham? Does diversification sacrifice excellence? Two Yale profs offer views in new books.," 20 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of discomfort was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Discomfort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discomfort. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for discomfort

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
How to pronounce discomfort (audio)

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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